Wednesday, February 22, 2012

In the Wilderness - 1st Friday in Lent

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39

You probably know that Lent is the 40ish days leading up to Easter. You might not have known that we observe these 40 days because of Jesus' 40 day fast in the wilderness. Imagine Jesus, alone for 40 days under the hot Israelite sun, eating no food and drinking from streams. It makes giving up chocolate for Lent seem less traumatic. During this time Jesus was tempted by the devil, and it was God's word that sustained him (Matthew 4).

Since Lent is a time we take to focus on God, it is also a time when the enemy may try extra hard to distract us from the Lord. The enemy tries in vain. Remember this Lent when you face anxiety, sickness or conflict that God always has the last word and promises to work out every situation for our good (Rom 8:28).


Consider the trials you face in your life. Take a moment to pray and to place these challenges before God. Let go of them know that your God is with you and you will not be overcome (1 Cor 10:13).

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