March 1, 2018 Thursday (Week II of Lent)
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16:19-31
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. Jeremiah 17:7
All sin comes from not trusting God enough.
Adam and Eve sinned because they believed the devil who told them God was holding out on them (Genesis 3:1). We sin because we don’t trust that God wants us to be as happy as we can be now, and perfectly happy forever.
We don’t really trust God as Father. We don’t think he is providing for us well enough, so we go out on our own.
We should memorize Psalm 1!
Blessed the one who… delights in the law of the Lord
and meditates on his law day and night.
He is like a tree planted near running water…
Whatever he does, prospers.
The Father’s Commandments—which he upgraded in the New Law of Jesus—are nothing but directions for being happy. The Operator’s Manual for the life—and Life—our Father gave us.
He sent Jesus to shepherd us, so that we might “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). But we don’t trust either of them. We think we can do better finding our own way.
We learn the hard way, “When all else fails, read the instructions.” If we trusted God as our Father, we would read them to begin with.
Then we would find out what it really means to be taken care of!
ACTION: Memorize Psalm 1:1-3.
PRAYER: “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”