Longtime readers of the blog are aware that for several years, the college where I work has sponsored a series of Advent devotional messages, written by members of the campus community. I usually contribute a couple each year.
Well, this year the college has decided to create a series of devotions for Lent as well. I’m contributing two of those as well, and my first one was for today. As with the Advent pieces, we’re assigned a passage of Scripture for our particular day. We write a short reflection, and offer a prayer. So here it is for today; I hope it proves useful.
Lenten Devotion – 18 Feb 16
Genesis 12: 1-4 (KJV)
12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
If you’ve ever moved to a new home, you know how stressful it is. The packing, the loading, the unloading, and the learning to adjust to a new and unfamiliar place. Where are the light switches? Where can I plug this in?
Abram (whom we would later call Abraham) didn’t have to worry about light switches, of course, but at the age of 75, he gathered his household and set out into an unknown land with its questions and dangers, leaving the comforts of the home and life he had known behind him.
Why had he done this? Because as the text tells us, “the LORD had spoken to him”, had called him to this journey. And God rewarded him and his descendants richly. What is God calling us to do in this Lenten season? Will we listen?
God of Abram, God of Adam, God of the Universe, give us the wisdom to hear Your voice, and the faith and courage to follow it, even into unknown lands of life and of the heart. We ask this in the name of Your Son. Amen.