This is my second contribution to this year’s Lenten Devotional series from the college. You may find the other devotionals here.
Psalm 107 (KJV)
1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good:
for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 and gathered them out of the lands,
from the east, and from the west,
from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way;
they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way,
that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul,
and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Daniel Boone is reputed to have said that he had never been lost, but he admitted that he had “once been a mite bewildered for three days.” None of us are Daniel Boones, and even in our era of online maps and GPS, it really isn’t that hard to miss our exit or get turned around. Life moves quickly, and we can lose our bearings.
God knows this, of course. And as Christ, God was even willing to become fully human, to be lost and afraid on a hill near Jerusalem. But God doesn’t want us to be lost or alone. He asks us to call to Him, so that He can lead us “by the right way”, to a place we can live. He still wants to guide us, even if we feel more lost each day. Will we call for him?
Heavenly Father, we know You know how lost we are and how lost we feel. Thank You for being willing to guide us, and for letting us have these weeks to focus on You and Your call, Your direction. In Jesus’s name we pray, amen.