But God Has an Answer-Lent 20, 2021

As long as I’m hitting cultural hot-buttons and asking us to see God’s wisdom and abandon Victim-Think, God would have us acknowledge that His view of this world is 180 degrees from our own.  Victims in reality are blessed.  Those who are weak are strong.  Those who are insulted are honored.  Those who are persecuted should “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:12).

Let’s face it: Jesus was as counter-cultural as they come. 
He expects no less from those who follow Him.

The Apostle Paul was an expert follower in this regard.  He didn’t have all the answers, but he served a God who does.  That was good enough for Paul.  He didn’t have an easy life, but he trusted God to make the most of his obedience.

2 Corinthians 12:2 “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know– God knows. 3 And I know that this man– whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows– 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell. 5 I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. 6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, 7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

No one likes thorns in the flesh. 
No one likes weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, or difficulties. 
Why on earth would someone say he delights in it? 
For Christ’s sake.

Father God, help me to learn the value of Your grace in Christ Jesus.  Help me to know that Your power displayed is perfect.  Help me to accept Your will as Your best for my life and to honor it with gladness.  Help me to rejoice in You at all times.  Make me aware of my testimony to Your goodness and grace and give me opportunities to share it in words and actions so that others may come to know You.  Thank You for salvation in Christ and for eternal life He alone purchased.  For Your glory.  Amen.

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  • Lent 2013 looked at The Letter to the Romans: Paul’s Masterpiece to reclaim foundations of our Christian heritage and began February 13, 2013.
  •  A very special and ever popular offering was Lent 2014’s Be Still and Know that I AM God  which can be obtained through the archives beginning in March 2014. 
  • Lent 2015 began on February 18, 2015 with a series entitled With Christ in the Upper Room: Final Preparations.  We explored what is often called “The Upper Room Discourse” found in John chapters 13-17
  • ReKindle, the Lent 2016 series, began on February 10, 2016 and encouraged us to rekindle our spiritual lives.
  • Light: There’s Nothing Like It was the 2017 Lent series and explored this metaphor often used to portray Christ.  It is archived beginning March 1, 2017.
  • Lent 2018, we explored the questions of Pi and Chi (the Greek letter beginning the word Christos, which means Christ, Messiah, the Anointed One). We asked and answered the questions “Why?” from the movie Life of Pi as we discovered the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in a world of many faiths.
  • Lent 2019 gave us a deeper window into Easter “More to the Easter Story” since we miss so much when we rely only on a superficial understanding of the work of Christ. These devotionals are archived beginning March 6, 2019.
  • Our Lent 2020 devotional series offered prayer points surrounding “Be Thou My Vision” and were aimed at helping us to see God for who He is. The full set of devotionals are archived beginning February 26, 2020.

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