Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

Gathering Or Scattering

God spoke to Israel 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)

God wants us to move forward and not be burdened by the past. The Apostle Paul wrote:

I want to know Christ[f] and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.   (Philippians 3:10-14)

 

 

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