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Lent Devotionals: Thursday, April 6

A Time of Comfort

I don’t know about you, but Lent tends to be the most trying season of our Church Calendar. While Advent is a season of hope, excitement, and looking eagerly to the birth of the Christ child, Lent is something all together different. Through Lent, we spend time focusing on things like fasting, confession, and forgiveness as we prepare for the glory of Resurrection Sunday. However, for me it can often lead to feelings that are less than joyous. It seems the more time I spend earnestly seeking after God and confessing all that I have fallen short of in light of the righteousness of Christ, the more I am made aware of how weak and fallible I am.
I’m much reminded of the Prophet Isaiah’s words in chapter 6 when he is in the midst of his own confrontation with the Almighty. In this moment, Isaiah is so consumed with the glory of God, that he is simultaneously consumed with how unworthy he is to stand before the Sovereign. In fact, all he can do is kneel before God and proclaim, “Woe is me…. I am a man of unclean lips…”
Many times, I find it all too easy to get caught up with how incredibly insufficient I am with regards to God and God’s calling on my life. Perhaps that’s the whole purpose to the Lenten season. While Advent and Christmas are indeed integral moments to celebrate, Lent and Easter are something very different. Now, I fully understand that without Christmas there would be no Easter, but without the death and resurrection of the Christ Advent and Christmas are meaningless. Furthermore, without enduring the season of Lent, and coming face to face with who I truly am as a human, the Light of Resurrection Sunday would be slightly dimmer.
So, as I continue through the season, I am reminded of the words of the Prophet Zephaniah. Following his discord of God’s judgment and wrath that is to come on the Children of Israel, he leaves them with these final words of comfort. “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, and rejoice over you with singing.”
Lent is a tough season. For that matter, life is tough….especially if you find yourself in the midst of a spiritual wilderness. Embrace the comfort that God can bring. Cling to the words of Zephaniah, and let God quiet you with his love.”

Rev. Corey Moses
Associate Pastor



Lent Devotionals: Wednesday, April 5

What Comforts You?

 
 

What comforts you? Homemade chicken soup? A warm blanket? A roof over your head? Knowing you have enough money to pay the bills? A padded retirement account?
It occurred to me that so often in our discomforts that we seek an external source to fix an internal fear, pain, or heartache. When anxious or irritated, I tend to choose sugar. Preferably, mixed with cream, frozen, and donning a gold rim. If I have a choice at any given time of frustration and discomfort, I choose a big hug from my wife. When I feel blue, I am comforted by my daughter crawling up in my lap and cuddling with me. However, when the externals of life are absent and unavailable, and when friends are busy, I turn to God…to prayer, to scripture…to Christian music.
It’s sad that God is last on my list, don’t you think?
If I trusted more in God’s promises in my fretful moments, I’d have no need of sugar-laced treats which lose their calming comfort the moment they melt in my mouth. Though God has blessed me with family and friends, my greatest comfort is knowing Him and the refuge I find in His presence. Why is my memory so short?
Sometimes I turn my world upside down. I first seek the things which bring temporary comfort and pleasure, rather than the LORD and His righteousness. His grace is sufficient to meet my needs. He is enough in my darkness. He is enough in my distress. He is enough in my emptiness. It is when I forget that truth and let the world bear down upon me without looking to Him, that I seek the things of earth to stop my fears, to soothe my troubled mind. When things are not enough, I turn to people for companionship to fill a void…and people are never enough.
We always seem to search for tangible sources of comfort. All the while…God waits. Open arms. He never moves. He never changes. He is enough.
An abiding fellowship with Christ is where God plans to take me each time I turn to Him in need. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Josh Leblo

Youth Ministry Director