Lent 2022

Lenten Study – March 6

Do I have goals for 10 years from now? 5 years from now? 1 year from now? You bet!!! I am going to visit my new grandchildren and spoil them!! Well, that is not exactly what I mean by having long range goals, but you know what I mean. In the last few years, though, I realize that uncertainty creeps into our best made plans. The biggest example must be COVID. No country, no organization, no church, and no individual had a pandemic in mind. Yes, we had heard rumors that we should prepare for such a thing, but we were not prepared. The truth is that uncertainty comes in all shapes and sizes. There is uncertainty in our world and there is uncertainty in our families and in us personally. Yet, there is nothing new under the sun. 

Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth is addressing uncertainty. Paul speaks of a wisdom of this world and a different kind of wisdom-the wisdom that comes from God. He says to them in vs. 8b and 9, “…I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.” I imagine that the people in Corinth needed courage to confront the uncertainties of their world. Each of us today can face our uncertainties by placing our trust in God. In fact, at the end of the chapter Paul emphasizes, “But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” Maybe the times we live are an exercise in developing the mind of Christ. A mind of utter and complete trust in God. Today, walk in the discipline of quieting your heart and soul before the Lord. Listen to the Holy Spirit, don’t be in a rush to make or give judgment. Let God’s word sink in… develop today the mind of Christ, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

1 Corinthians 2

Reflection Questions:                   

  1. Have you ever felt that God has revealed something to you? What is it? How do you hold and keep that which has been revealed?
  2. What is a step you can take in recognizing an uncertainty you face and yet allow God to speak into that uncertainty?

So What Activity: 

Today, take a five-minute silent walk or sit quietly for five minutes in your porch or lanai. First, list the uncertainties around you, but then take a few minutes to read Isaiah 40 28-33. Read it three times. Smile, be of good courage, God is with us!

Blessings, 

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