Saturday, March 4th
READ: Joel 2:12-13
The season of Lent is an opportunity for the Church to pray, reflect and experience the loving-kindness of God. It is a season where we can slow down and look at what God has done, what He is doing, and what He has promised to do. Sometimes that can be difficult for us to do, however. Whether it is because of frustrating demands at work, living at a breakneck speed because of commitments or continual disappointments that have beaten your spirit up.
God says through the prophet Joel, during a time of locust invasion, that His desire is that people would return to God by fasting, conviction and total commitment of their hearts. For Jews it was a normal practice to tear their clothes as they mourned; they would make it an outward display of what was going on internally. But God did not want them to tear their clothes, He wanted them to rend their hearts for their conviction of sin and their need for Him.
God desired that His people would give up the things that cause distraction or even distrust of Him. Instead God wanted them to fill their time with coming to Him for His grace and mercy. And God desires for us to do that today during Lent. God wants us to come to Him and confess our sin, to lay aside the distractions, frustrations, and disappointments. And in return He desires to bless us with renewal as we look to Him for the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.
PRAY: Lord God, thank You for this season where we can reflect and experience Your love for us through the death, burial and resurrection of Your Son Jesus. I ask that Your Spirit would convict me of where I do not seek You and that You would strengthen me to continually seek You. During Lent, I ask that I would experience You anew and that I would let go of any distraction that is between You and me. In Jesus’ name...