'Day One' Blog

Of Your Own, We Have Given You – February 29, ’20

(Each Lent entry will give us a few days to ponder and sit with the Lord surrounding the scripture passages in that entry. The paragraphs following the passages are intended to give some guidance as we draw into the presence of God and dialogue with Him.)


Meditation for the Soul ~

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the victory and the majesty,
for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours.
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
and You are exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honor come from You,
and You rule over all.
In Your hand are power and might,
and in Your hand it is to make great
and to give strength to all.
And now we thank You, our God,
and praise Your glorious name.
But who am I, and what is my people,
that we should be able thus to offer willingly?
For all things come from You,
and of Your own have we given You.
1 Chronicles 29:11-14

Reflection for the Mind ~

King David understood there is nothing we will ever give, offer, or sacrifice that is anything other than the return of something first given (more like entrusted) to us. He saw the giving back of it as a privilege. And I’m certain we ought to think about our fasting, and the temporary hold He might be directing us to place on our luxuries, in the same light.

This has to get very practical for me because my old nature unashamedly feels put-out to forego any creature-comforts. So I’m practicing telling myself a few things when I feel hungry or deprived:
“It is a privilege to lay something aside for Jesus.”
“I am foregoing something that doesn’t even belong to me.”
“Choose gratitude, not resentfulness. It’s yours if you want it!”

“Turn your thoughts  outward, and fix your eyes on Jesus.”
If we can get our hearts around this it will be easier for us to approach the Lord with deep gratitude rather than being occupied by the possible distractions created by being hungry or from missing a habit we enjoy.

The day of our Lord’s crucifixion is commemorated six-weeks from today. Perhaps the greatest gift He could give us is a deeper experience of Himself so that our appetites begin to hunger for Him more than for our creature-comforts. We will ask him for this as we pray today. In the meantime, it’s good to remember: “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly?”

Response for the Heart ~

Lord, you are the great gift giver. All that I have is from You including those things that You have asked me to lay aside for Lent. Help me, by Your Spirit, to be grateful in the giving and not feel resentful or entitled. Turn my eyes to You and away from myself and the trappings of life. And now Lord, keep my gaze fixed upon You. Meet me today and in the weeks ahead and talk to me about Jesus; about His beautiful life; about His death and resurrection and the HOPE for human-kind that arose because of all He accomplished! Thank You, Lord! I praise You! ~ Amen

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5 Comments

  • Gail

    1

    Wonderful as always.....I am getting caught up!!!

  • Patty Alsworth

    2

    I look forward to you sharing your heart this Easter season

  • Len Krukowski

    4

    Asking for a deeper experience of Himself so that our appetites crave desperately for Him over all other things in our lives... is the real sacrifice that He wants from me! When I can put Him #1 over everything else in my life, then I'm living wholeheartedly for the Lord. Thank you Anne for that insight!

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