Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
Am I the only one who has ever felt insignificant? Sometimes a trip to the mountains, seeing something so very much biger than ourselves, will cause this. Maybe when we think about the ocean and how enormous and unexplorable it is can do it. Or sometimes our feelings of inadequacy come from less visible, less tactile things. We don’t understand how a relationship is going, why the boss is angry, why business is not thriving, or what difference we make.
God calls his people to look to where they came from. Yet that is not the same as looking at their parents or their culture. With all due respect, our parents are more or less as inadequate as we are. Our culture seems to major on minors, emphasizing all the failings in society, losing the strengths. Who do we look to? We look to distant examples. Abraham, Sarah, the God who leads his people through the sea and through the desert. We look to the example of God raising up deliverer after deliverer for his people in the Old Testament. We look at Jesus, the promised Messiah, who is called “God with us.” And as we do this we see a genuine hope for life. We find that although we will die just like everyone else, that death is not at all the end of God’s providence. We see that the Redeemer is just as alive as he has always been. We find that we can wait patiently, trustingly, for the Lord’s salvation. It is certainly there.
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