Lenten Meditation 43, April 12

Wednesday, April 12

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 70
Hebrews 12:1-3
John 13:21-32

by Wendy Martin

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Jesus is determined to follow God’s will despite the hardships. He is a model for us to stay strong, to keep on keeping on, even when friends and family disagree with what we do or say. We are following God’s plan for us: to grow and to become more like Him. What difficulties are you dealing with today? God knows what you are going through. He understands. He is with you.

Psalm 70
David continues to plea for God’s help. Although I pray daily, it is sometimes not my first go-to in time of need. I sometimes forget to pray for God to put His hand over my mouth so I do not say meanness. I want to complain to others and feel validated. Is prayer the last solution in times of trouble? Sometimes. How about you?

Hebrews 12:1-3
We are all running the race of living a Christian life. The destination – Heaven. It’s a lifelong race that involves peaks and valleys and sometimes sludge along the way. To make it to the end, I need the daily discipline to stay in shape. But temptations pull me away from spending time with God: getting to work, a few extra minutes of sleep, wanting to be a couch potato, the news, household chores, errands, the demands of others. Endurance to keep running comes from listening to others who’ve run before me, readings such as our Lenten meditation booklets, from my time in the Word, and my newfound written prayers to Jesus. Let’s run this race together, shall we?

John 13:21-32
Jesus predicts his betrayal and yet continues doing God’s will by going through with his crucifixion. How hard that must have been! It is heartbreaking when a loved one betrays us. How could this happen after all we have done, given, been? I found my way through the craziness by making God the center of my life. People, jobs, things – can all be taken away from us – and we spin out of control. As the sun is the center of our galaxy which all things revolve and which if taken away would cause disarray, the Son is our center from which our life revolves and thankfully, cannot be taken away.