Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

Honesty Before God

Lent is an opportunity to approach God in greater depth. What stops many of us? Is it that God sees us as we really are. The Pharisees knew in their heart that they did not measure up to the standards that they set for others. They lived in denial by casting guilt and shame on others. Jesus said:

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers (Matthew 23:1 – 23:4 KJV)

God is looking for honesty before him. He wants us to open our hearts to him:

Come now, let us argue it out,
says the Lord:

though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow;

though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.   (Isaiah 1:18)

If we seek his cleansing, if we seek his deliverance. if we seek his salvation, then we must also seek his instruction and discipline. The first step for many of us is to honor his presence and quick attempting to live apart from him. Through the psalmist God speaks to us today:

Consider this well, you who forget God,
lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you.

Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me;
but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God.”   (Psalm 50:23-24


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