As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: Deuteronomy 1-3
Reflection: Faithful. Let that word sit with you for the entirety of this devotion. Moses stood on Mount Horeb to express to the people that their faith, their trust in God, had brought them thus far on their quest for the Promised Land and for the blessings the Lord had promised them. But Moses’ words were challenged when two leaders of their army saw how big and mighty the Amorite and Canaanite armies were. Seeing the threat before them, they thought they would be defeated for sure. Their faith in the Lord was challenged, and their hope was depleting. Soon, the Israelites disobeyed God and would not be granted entry to the Promised Land by the Lord. Caleb and Joshua told the people to be patient and that if they trusted God, they would enter the Promised Land. But their disobedience to God reflects their lack of faith.
Many people, even you, might face trials of your faith or trusting in God. You might say we all are going through a test of faith amid a global pandemic. Just as the Israelites were afraid to trust that they with God’s help could conquer the Amorites and Canaanites, we are all wondering when if we will get out of this pandemic and upside down life anytime soon. But as Caleb and Joshua did, we must trust that God is here, in all of us, around all of us, and be patient for your true trusting faith to show.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I come before you today in need of hope. There are times when I may feel helpless, there are times when I may feel weak. I pray for hope. I pray for hope for a better future. I pray for love and kindness. Some say that the sky is at its darkest just before the light. I pray that this is true, for all seems dark. I need your light, Lord, in every way. I pray to be filled with your light from head to toe. To know that all is right in the world as you want it to be. Help me to walk in your light, and live my life in faith and glory. In your name I pray. Amen.
Author: Carson Sacco, MPPC youth
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].