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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lenten Blog 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Daniel Bonner

Readings: Psalm 121, 122, 123, Jeremiah 25:8-17, Romans 10:1-13, John 9:18-41

The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved…For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. – Romans 10:8-10, 13

We hear this over and over again in Paul’s writing and Jesus’ profession about his disciples.  It is so simple and yet so profound.  There are times we convolute this and make it more complicated than it is. Of course this ability, for God’s Word to dwell in us, change us and build in us the faith to profess Jesus as our Savior and Lord is all a gift from God. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8.

So the hardest part is accepting the gift.  Are there days that this is tough for you?  Are there people from whom it is difficult to accept a gift?  Can it be that in all those days, tough and easy, and in all those people it is God who is behind the giving?  Does knowing that make it any easier?  Allow the words of Psalm 121 to soak over you as we acknowledge God is the giver of all good things, especially our salvation:

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.