Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent, April 6, 2017
Sharon Flynn

 

Scripture for the Day

God’s covenant to his people weaves throughout all three of today’s readings.  In Genesis, God appears to Abram for the first time in 13 years.  Abram, now 99 years old, sees God Almighty, immediately moves from a standing position into one of reverence and humility on the ground, and receives the description of the covenant.  God conveys to Abram that he will be exceedingly fruitful and the ancestor of many nations.  The covenant is not only with Abram but also with his seed and therefore everlasting.  The covenant compels us to think, speak and act as a people under God’s watchful eye and wisdom.  As a token of this promise, God changes Abram’s name from “high father” to Abraham “father of multitude” and promises to Abraham and his offspring “all the land of Canaan.”    

Psalm 105 continues the discussion of the covenant by inviting us to continually seek the Lord’s presence, strength and understanding.  We are to honor his miracles, judgments, and wonderful works.  We are encouraged to share God’s presence with others because we are all the offspring of Abraham.

In John, Jesus discusses God’s covenant and his relationship with God, his Father.  The Pharisees do not believe him.  They attempt to trick him with questions, accuse him of boasting and being too young to know Abraham (because he is less than fifty years old), insist he is a fraud, and finally chase him out of the temple while attempting to stone him.  It’s a tough passage to read because Jesus’s frustration with God’s people is palpable. 

During the season of Lent, how do you honor God’s covenant to us?  Do you seek him out in times of challenge?  What about during prosperity?  I’m guilty of primarily calling on him during the troubled times and forgetting to thank him daily for all of his wonderful works.  During this season of Lent, I have placed concentrated emphasis on focused praying.  My mind generally wanders during prayer.  I start out strong and before long I’m thinking about the grocery list, kid’s activities, and seconds later I can’t remember where I even started.  During the 40 days of Lent, I’m trying really hard to stick to an outline/script and to not deviate until I’m through every passage line.  I pray for his strength to see me through arduous times and to be thankful for the bounty of blessings I experience every day.  Thank you for reading.

 

Last Published: April 4, 2017 9:59 AM