S (Scripture): 2 Chronicles 29:8 King Hezekiah continues: The Lord was angry at Judah and Jerusalem and made them an appalling object of horror at which people hiss out their scorn, as you can see with your own eyes. 29:9 Look, our fathers died violently and our sons, daughters, and wives were carried off because of this. 29:10 Now I intend to make a covenant with the Lord God of Israel, so that he may relent from his raging anger.
O (Observation): So some kings follow God, and others outright disobey God. And while King Hezekiah starts off faithfully, going so far as to cleanse the Temple, one remains suspect. How long will Hezekiah obey God before he goes off the rails?
Hezekiah establishes a covenant, which is all good and well, but as a sinful being, we can’t put too much faith in that covenant.
A covenant we can put faith in is God’s covenant with Abraham. Kings come, Kings go…but the Lord remains.
A (Application): As a 36 year-old, I can remember several times re-committing myself to God in the Lenten season. I treat it too often like a New Year’s resolution. And as such, fall of the wagon, usually.
But over the last few years, I’ve been learning more about God’s covenant with all believers. This covenant establishes a relationship between God and us, essentially making us one with God, never to be separated. I’ve been putting more faith in that covenant than any covenant I establish.
Lenten disciplines are about being reminded that God is faithful, even when we are not. But putting forth some effort is NOT discouraged. Sure, we will fall short, but as Dallas Willard says, “Grace is not opposed to effort, just earning.”
I encourage you to re-commit your life, your finances, your time to the Lord. See where God is calling out to you. Respond accordingly.
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Happy Lent! (Is that a thing? Maybe it is now.)
P (Prayer): Lord, we are frail, we are fickle. Remind us that you have established an everlasting covenant with us, made perfect in Jesus Christ. Remind us of this daily, and give us the guidance and strength necessary to dig daily into your Word and help us to see your grace come alive in your Word and in our lives. Amen.