Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

Gathering Or Scattering

God spoke to Israel but through the Prophet Jeremiah:

“Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.” Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backward rather than forward.   (Jeremiah 7:23–24)

We are living in difficult and challenging times. Are we looking backwards today rather than forward?  This is not the day to walk in our own counsel. Jesus said to his disciples:

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.   (Luke 11:23)

Are we with Jesus? Storms are on the horizon. These storms are meant to scatter us. Only Jesus can speak to these storms. Only he can gather us together under the protection of God’s love.

The psalmist wrote:

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the LORD our Maker.

For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!   (Psalm 95:6-7)




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