The Lenten Devotion for this week is from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. While attending a Stephen Leader training session, an older minister, whom I had just met, recommended I start reading these devotions for others and myself. It was some of the greatest wisdom I’ve received.
Sarah Young’s devotions are written from the point of view of Jesus speaking to you directly and are followed with scripture readings. Here is one devotion offered during Lent and within our watchword of “humility”.
ince I know you far better than you know yourself. I comprehend you in all your complexity; no detail of your life is hidden from Me. I view you through eyes of Grace, so don’t’ be afraid of My intimate awareness. Allow the Light of My healing Presence to shine into the deepest recesses of your being—cleansing, healing, refreshing, and renewing you. Trust Me enough to accept the full forgiveness that I offer you continually. This great gift, which cost Me My Life, is yours for all eternity. Forgiveness is at the very core of My abiding Presence. I will never leave you or forsake you. When no one else seems to understand you, simply draw closer to Me. Rejoice in the One who understands you completely and loves you perfectly. As I fill you with My Love, you become a reservoir of love, overflowing into the lives of other people.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down, and acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.
But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ
and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit
in our hearts as a first installment.
—2 Corinthians 1:21–22
No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life.
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.