Lenten Devotional Series 2020: Day 20

Do I Listen? by Mark Matson
When I first read this I thought about the external world and could quickly see how individuals who speak God’s truth to our world are often ignored or rebuked – even by fellow believers!  But then I went inside and thought Jesus talks to me each day through the Word of God.  That is the prophet in MY world.  How well do I listen?

Following the loss of a 13-year job a year ago at age 63,  I am in the midst of significant life changes that produce anxiety at times.  Jesus said “I am making you a new creation, with old things passing away and new things continually on the horizon.”  That is a prophetic voice in my world.  Do I really believe it?  I say I do but old habits prevail and I fall back into worry as if God doesn’t really have my back.  Yet I have a lifetime of examples of how She does.  (I like to use the feminine now and then to rattle my tree.)   God wants me to find my security in faith in Him alone.  But I make an idol of my routines, finding security in worldly things and titles and what’s in my bank account.
How is the Prophet speaking to you during this holy season?  How well are you accepting that voice of faith?  Let’s try no to force-fit today into yesterday’s mold.  Instead, ask your Higher Power to open our eyes so we can be open to all that has been prepared for us in this precious day – part of ongoing creation.

Luke 4: 23-30

He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!” And you will say, “Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.”’ And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up for three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.’ When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way.

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