“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion…” Hebrews 3:1-11 Here Paul is speaking about the rebellion of the Israelites who when Moses went up the mountain for forty days and forty nights, had created an image of God which they began to worship. A hardened heart is a heart that doubts, a heart that fears and a heart that ultimately trades the hope and glory in what is unseen for something that gives a temporary satisfaction to meet an immediate physical need whether it be things or people. I believe Paul really wants his hearers to understand that we should not forget that our praise and worship is a very valuable gift from God. What sense does it make if I receive a gift from my sister and I in turn praise my brother for the gift? This is kind of what we do when we go astray and turn our attention towards things and people other than God. Yet because God loves his creation he is faithful to it. So why not give your faith a heartfelt chance and praise God today. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Psalm 31:5, 7-8
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God…
I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have taken heed of my adversities,
and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light;he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.
Lent: Day 39 – The time is come. No journey we take is ever without some kind of sacrifice along the way. Inevitably, it happens that we must lose something physically, emotionally or intellectually before we are able to understand its true significance in our lives. But any loss, that deepens a greater understanding of direction and purpose, becomes the light that liberates and enables us to press on with a strength we didn’t have before the loss. Christ is the Passover lamb sacrificed for those who believe in the power of that light. It is the light of the spirit that is left within us by our remembrance of that life and sacrifice which protects us as it leads our own life into glory that is everlasting.
Hebrews 10:16-25 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.
Lent: Day 34 –‘Teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. Mark 10:46-52
Blind Bartimaeus wanted to see again. This tells us that at some previous point in his life, he did have sight and by some turn of event lost it. We all occasionally lose our way. It is easy in this world to be distracted by our hurt feelings, disappointments and frustrations. It is fortunate for us that God knows the heart that is left to tears and outcries of despair. Listen and take heart! The Savior’s journey travels every path that we take and calls us to once again to follow him in his path of light to resurrection and glory.
2 Corinthians 4:13-18 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
Psalm 43 O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God.