It’s week 3 of Lent and I have more thoughts to share with you. I really cherish times like this when God reveals things about Himself that I have forgotten or just not known altogether. This week I’ve been focusing on some specific characteristics and aspects of God. Let’s be reminded, friends, of our great God and return to Him.
Jesus came into the world, knowing that the world would reject Him–but He loved/loves the world anyway.
John 1:10-11 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
The Lord is merciful, compassionate, and deserves glory.
Romans 9:14-18 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
God is always at work. Even when we don’t see it. Even when we don’t understand it. Just be patient and trust Him.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
God is always in control, not me. Nothing is too big for God, He is bigger than everything. I read this paragraph in a She Reads Truth reading this week and it also really resonated with me about God’s control: I’m never really flailing or falling—I’m held, kept. No matter how chaotic life feels, the waves will not overtake me. The One whose hand stretched out over the ocean waters—the One who created them—can surely calm them Nothing moves without His knowledge. I know that I can say these things to myself over and over but it’s so nice to have this as a reminder and assurance that He really does know what He is doing.
Isaiah 23:11 He has stretched out his hand over the sea; he has shaken the kingdoms; the Lord has given command concerning Canaan to destroy its strongholds.
Other resources for Lent:
Restoration Living by Jen Wise: Lent Devotional
Has there been anything about Lent that has resonated with you this week? Also, if you have done this, what is something you have given up for Lent? I’m always curious to hear this about others.
Love from, Amy.