Day 13 | Lent is for Confidence
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or danger, or sword?...
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life,
nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
- Romans 8:35-39
The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you.
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you.
Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you. There's only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.
- Beyond Words, Frederick Buechner
Hoping does not mean doing nothing. It is not fatalistic resignation. It means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions. It is not compelled to work away at keeping up appearances with a bogus spirituality. It is the opposite of desperate and panicky manipulations, of scurrying and worrying.
And hoping is not dreaming. It is not spinning an illusion or fantasy to protect us from our boredom or our pain. It means a confident, alert expectation that God will do what he said he will do. It is imagination put in the harness of faith. It is a willingness to let God do it his way and in his time. It is the opposite of making plans that we demand that God put into effect, telling him both how and when to do it. That is not hoping in God but bullying God.
"I pray to GOD - my life a prayer - and wait for what he'll say and do. My life's on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning."
― A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society, Eugene H. Peterson
Listen to our worship song of the day, Do It Again, below or find it here on Spotify on our 2020 Lenten Worship Playlist, growing daily one song at a time.
I know my God.
I believe my God.
I hope in my God.
My God assures me.
So I live in...
My hope is not hiding...
Hiding from things I fear.
My hope is knowing...
Knowing what God has done.
My hope is not an escape...
Escaping by pretending belief.
I believe because my God has touched me.
He has changed me.
He has given me...
I know my God.
Day by day I encounter him.
He meets me where I am.
Demonstrates by caring.
So day by day my hope grows.
The more I see him,
the better I know him,
The more I live in hope.
I live in hope.
A confident hope.
I live in belief.
A confident belief.
I live in love.
A confident love.
For I know...I am truly loved.