Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

Genesis 42:18-28

We see here in this story of Joseph all the twists and turns of this story of redemption and reconciliation of this family. But, during the story there are all these twists and turns and if you read it section by section, you are not sure how it will turn out.  We know, because we can skip ahead to the ending, but you are not quite sure if you just read it. 

That's how life is sometimes. We know how things will turn out. We know it will be worked out to our good. We just aren't sure how that will happen sometimes. We aren't sure exactly how God is going to get the things done that He said He will do. We can only see the immediate. God sees the eternal.  Today, trust in not just that your eyes see, but trust in the God that sees and knows all. And know that He is working things out for our good and his glory. 

New Testament Lesson

1 Corinthians 5:6-6:8

Paul is adamant that the church remember that they are always been watched by the world. And the way that we live, the way that we make decisions, the way that we argue is seen by all. And it give witness to what we believe as well.  We have to remember that we are always being watched by a world that needs to hear this gospel of grace. And we need to make sure that our actions are as gracious as our beliefs.  May we live in such a way to give glory to God!

Gospel Lesson

Mark 4:1-20

The thing that we see in this passage is that there will be opposition to what God wants to do in your life. There will responsibilities, and busyness, and worries, and children, and work, and games, and all these things that will vie for our time. We know we need to spend time in the Word, in prayer, in church, in service, in all the things of God. But, there is so much vying for our time. There are so many things trying to snatch the the seed that had been planted. 

May we take time to tend the soil of our souls so that it will receive the word that God has for us and that it can grow roots deep down, roots that will last through any storm. May we take time to tend our soul. 

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