Lent 2015, Led to the Cross: Glorious Unfolding

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This is the lent series and we’re reading through Luke, from Jesus 40-days in the desert to His crucifixion and resurrection. We just finished reading Luke 4 and 5.  We saw His grace triumph temptation and evil. We read that His preaching met persecution, that He suffered to relate to our suffering, and that He came for sinners (tax collectors, fishermen, and us!). We read that His miracles illustrate how we are to trust Him and live as a testimony. In our salvation we are made new, and new times require fresh ways. One of those fresh ways that this new time requires is knowing how to wait on the Lord,  how to accept and trust in His plan, cling to every promise God has made to us, and wait to see the glorious unfolding.

Someday we will understand that God has a reason behind every no he gives us through the course of our lives. Yet even in this life, he always makes it up to us. When God’s people are worried and concerned that their prayers are not being answered, how often we see him working to answer them in a far greater way! If only we had the faith not to rush into things but to “be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7)- waiting for his full explanation that will not be revealed until Jesus Christ comes again!

When has God ever taken anything from a person without restoring it many times over? Yet what are we to think if he does not immediately restore what has been taken? Is today his only day to work? Does he have any concerns beyond this little world of ours? Even if we confine our thinking to this life, it is true that God never touches the heart with a trial without intending to bestow a greater gift or compassionate blessing. The person who knows how to wait has grown to an exceptional degree in God’s grace. -Adapted from Streams in the Desert

Tomorrow we’ll jump into Luke 6 and read about blessing and woes, love for our enemies, judging others, and other illustrations to take to heart in adapting fresh ways for new times.

psalm 43

Lay your head down tonight
Take a rest from the fight
Don’t try to figure it out
Just listen to what I’m whispering to your heart
‘Cause I know this is not
Anything like you thought
The story of your life was gonna be
And it feels like the end has started closing in on you
But it’s just not true
There’s so much of the story that’s still yet to unfold.

– Lyrics from Glorious Unfolding, Steven Curtis Chapman

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