Lent – Friday, Day 9

[Our] chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” (Westminster Confession)

Introduction

God created us to enjoy him and delight in his masterpiece.  That is often forgotten because of sin and death and alienation.  Jesus came to reunite us with that original purpose and to return us to the joy of living.  His first miracle was turning water into wine at a wedding.  John the Baptist described him as the bridegroom.  We are his bride.  Accepting Christ joins us to that original purpose of glorifying God and enjoying him forever.

Scripture

Deuteronomy 10:12-13, 17-22

12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?

17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. 18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. 20 You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear.21 He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen. 22 Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.

John 3:27-30

27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Reflection

God’s ultimate purpose is to restore us to fellowship with him so we can live in the fullness of joy intended for us at creation.  We lose our focus because of the unpredictability of life’s circumstances.  Sin and unbelief make us susceptible to alienation from our creator, but Jesus came to reconnect us to the eternal and invite us back into joy.  When we look at the faithfulness and love or our unchanging God, we can delight in the beauty of this life and experience his pleasure. “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Rom 11:36)

The Source

Ice floats under the bridge, escaping the snow-capped Rockies on its journey to the ocean,

Ever changing, ever the same, the flow of time from the source to the destination;

Alpha and Omega eternally linked by the living water.

I stand at a single moment, susceptible to the forces of change,

Helpless to affect the flow.

“I lift my eyes unto the hills from whence does my help come?”

Time scars the riverbed and distracts my focus, but at this moment,

I stand above the circumstances, delighting in the privilege of being present in the now.

Prayer

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Lord, you are delighted to share the beauty of creation with us.  We are your bride, showered with love and privilege.  When we acknowledge that we come from you, live through you and ultimately return to you, we can rest in that love.  As children, we experience the joy of being alive. All glory and praise to you our Christ.  Amen

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elknudtson65

Paul was a preacher and teacher until he retired in 2015. He continues to write and listen to what God is saying to him in the ordinary and extraordinary things of life. Elaine was a public school teacher and administrator until she retired in 2018. She is using her retirement to reflect on God's work in her life and to share insights with her family and friends.

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