This is the last theme of our Series, Return to the Lord—A Lenten Journey. It is also the last midweek lent service. And on our last theme we will hear that the Lord doesn't get tired of calling us. Just like loving parents do. How many times must a parent call a child to come home, to clean a room, or simply to listen? How often children do not respond. The same is true for God’s people. When God spoke through the prophet Amos, He lamented five times that although He called, “yet you did not return to Me.” Our gracious God continues to do that for us, continues calling us over and over. Were He ever to stop, we would find only His judgment crashing down on us when we meet Him at the end of our days. But thankfully, He calls us to repent, to turn around, for He cares so much for us. He yearns to withhold just punishment and never tires of calling us back to Him. In the cross, we see the judgment we deserve meted out on our Savior. There is none left for us. There is no better time than today to return to the Lord, who does not tire of calling us!
Our God is reliable! He doesn't change! He doesn't change his nature or his plans. and evidence of his unchanging mind is that in the Garden of Eden, God promised the Savior from sin, and He fulfilled that promise on the cross. He is eternal, unchanging, and faithful. Even while we like to change our minds so quickly, and are not reliable, we can rely on Him in every situation, and we can rely on Him to stay steadfast through cross and grave. In Lent, we see the full measure of our Lord’s reliability for us. And that is Good News indeed! For we need stability, certainty and confidence in this changing world. And most importantly that we are God's children loved by an Unchanging Father!
Return to the Lord Who will raise you up!
Our Midweek Lenten theme for today focuses on the reliability of our God. Back in Genesis, in the Garden of Eden to be precise, God promised that he will save us from sin and He fulfilled that promise on the cross when Jesus, the Saviour died. He is eternal, unchanging, and faithful. Even while we are not reliable, we can rely on Him in every situation, and we can rely on Him to stay steadfast to each of us as we go through our cross and grave, knowing that he did too and yet on the third day came back to life. In Lent, we see the full measure of our Lord’s reliability for us, he will raise us up not only from death, but from the deadness of of every spiritual attack as well.
“I will make it as good as new.” Those words of reassurance can provide a sense of relief and encouragement when something is broken and in need of repair. We are in constant need of relief, encouragement and even repair. That is the focus of our third midweek Service at Faith. Are you in need of relief, encouragement and repair? join us as we hear God's word that restores us. It is the same word of the Lord that came to the people of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah brought the promise of restoration to better days of living in harmony with God. It also brought a sense of hope. God said, “I will restore you; I will deliver you.” There is no “I might or I might not” when God promises something. God has kept and continues to keep His promises—we can count on that! We can be restored as we hear afresh God's restoring word.