Today is the fourth Sunday of Lent and we continue our journey to the cross. Our reading is taken from Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.
We love the idea of a God who is merciful towards us and forgiving of our sins and failures, but sometimes we also want a God who carries out swift discipline towards those whom we deem deserving of judgement. Of all the stories Jesus told, this parable is the most beautiful, enduring, and challenging. It upsets our ideas of how God treats people and it pushes us to change our attitudes towards others. It's a snapshot of the Gospel which is good news for both the religious and irreligious alike.
Read this week’s Bible passage: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 [NIV]
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Today is the third Sunday of Lent and we continue our journey to the cross. Our reading is taken from Isaiah 55.
God is speaking to a discouraged people in captivity whose future was uncertain and whose life was hard. These verses unfold His path for moving His people from their thirst and longings to fulfillment, peace, and joy.
God is saying, “Realize that your only solution is to return to Me. I have everything you need. I have already covenanted with you that I will restore everything through David (and for us, David’s heir, Jesus Christ). In fact, My plan is to not only restore you, but also use you to draw the nations to Me. Restoration and revitalization in your soul start with seeking Me as your solution and calling upon Me to help. I honor humility.”
Is “returning to the Lord” in Bible reading and prayer a part of your daily experience? How would you describe the activities of your daily quiet time with God? If this is not your practice, what changes do you need to make in your schedule and activities to seek the Lord? Who have you been listening to and following instead of listening to and following the Lord?
Read this week’s Bible passage: Isaiah 55:1-13 [NIV]