Day 26

    Thursday of the Fourth Week in Lent

    April 4th, 2019

    Meditation
    • Are you the type of person who needs to know the end before you can enjoy the book or movie? Do you read the last chapter first or google the plot before engaging in the story? This may be why I like Hallmark movies so much, I know from the first few moments who will end up together (the right people). The uncertainties of life can bring anxiety and paralysis. So, we begin to draw comfort in knowing everything before it happens and having a “what if plan” so we won’t be surprised or unsettled. The unknown can be seen as something to not only avoid but to also fear.

      However, as Christians we do know the end so we should be able to enjoy the journey. God has told us it is not going to be without struggle or suffering, but we can find comfort in the promised end. We are given the Holy Spirit to guide us on this journey and we are assured of our destiny. Along the way we can find joy in the knowledge that God is using even the hard times to change and mature us.

      Let’s unsubscribe to the pressing need to know all the hows and whys of our life: how the details are going to fall together, how the seeming impossibilities in our life are going to be solved, or why this is happening to me. Let us rest in the knowledge that God has already shown us how much He loves us and trust that He is always working in our lives… His will be done.

    Scripture(s)
    • Romans 5:1-11

      Peace and Hope

      Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

      You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

      Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

    Contributor

    Kim Johnson

    Ladies
    Reynoldsburg Church of Christ

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