Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!
Readings for March 7, 2021; Third Sunday in Lent
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; John 2:13-22 (23-25)
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19
How are you doing in these Covid days? How are you feeling right now?
Do you feel lonely, bored, sad, angry, stressed, anxious or any number of variations of such feelings? You are not alone! People all around the world are feeling exactly the same way; the young, the elderly, and every age in between. In one day, I had a ten year old, a seventy-three year old, and a gaggle of fifty year olds share their feelings of boredom and loneliness due to our current circumstances – yes all in one day!
Although it may be some time before we will be safely hugging all our family members and friends, enjoying the thrill of social events or safely singing mask-free the praises of our Lord with our brothers and sisters in Christ in a full sanctuary, let us not let Satan, this world, nor our sinful, weak selves pull us down into the depths of sadness that we feel due to the loss of all these temporal things. Instead, let us turn our eyes and hearts away from these temporal things and look inwards. Let us look with the eyes of our heart and soul into the spiritual realm, and see all those things from our God, that nothing in this world can take away. Today, do not look at what you cannot have, but look to Him and all you do have through him, and spend today rejoicing.
Re-read Psalm 19 .
Now rejoice! (After each rejoice, say ‘Thanks be to God!’). Rejoice in God’s beautiful creation all around you. Rejoice in his guidance. Rejoice in his forgiveness. Rejoice in his faithfulness. Rejoice in his mercy. Rejoice in his constant presence. Rejoice in his love for you. Rejoice in the assurance of your eternal home that is yours now because of all that Jesus accomplished on your behalf. Rejoice!
Yes, make today, tomorrow, and the days-of-Covid to follow, days of rejoicing with eyes and hearts of faith, and let us do it together. “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”(Hebrews 1b-3) Thanks be to God that Jesus has got this, and so can we!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thanks be to you for all your blessings today. Help me to rejoice in all things, and especially your spiritual blessings. These blessings are worth much more than gold and sweeter than honey. By the power of your Spirit, help me remain focussed on such glorious things from you, and not let Satan, the world, or my sinful- self suck the joy and rejoicing from these precious days of mine. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!