Seventh Day of Lent

Psalm 14
Orientation

The fool says in his heart “There is no God.”  All have turned away, all have become corrupt.  Do any seek God?  The question of the psalmist is the same of many today.  In a world so sick with sin, a person can choose one of many foundations to build their life upon. Money. Fame. Power. Kids. Family. Friends. Self. Work. Fun. Facebook. Addiction. Entertainment. Ease.  However, can any of these sustain us when the storms of life arise?  We have the option of many foundations, but only one Cornerstone.

The world is not in any better shape today than it was in the psalmist's day. It’s probably worse. Same sickness. Worse symptoms. But we have greater hope. They were waiting for Jesus to come. We are waiting for Him to come again.

Oh that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion. Salvation has come! He did come! He conquered sin and death. He suffered in our place for our sin. He died on a cross and rose again on the third day. We have a secure hope to build our life upon. Not the fragile foundations the world says are number one, but are unable to uphold us in the stresses and disappointments of life.

Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. We don't need to find our way, search for truth, build our life. He is all that we can't attain with any amount of striving and painful effort.

Before He ascended to Heaven, He gave His followers a special message. Not only had He come to provide salvation, He promised He is coming again. Soon. In the meantime, He told us what He wanted us to do. Go and make disciples of all nations.

The Bible reminds us that we are not our own. We were purchased with a price.  The precious blood of Christ.

When He returns, will He find us faithful stewards of what He has given? Or will we have let a myriad of other foundations/priorities seep in and steal our time and attention from that which He has called us to do. Sharing the love of God, the Good News of Jesus Christ, isn't just for those serving across the country or across the ocean. It’s also for us. Across the street. Across the dinner table.

People need to know that the only thing that will satisfy and give us peace and fulfilment is knowing we are God's children, reconciled to Him because of Christ's sacrifice for us. As for everything else that concerns us, we can trust Him completely. Any other attempt to find fulfilment will leave us unfulfilled.

Praise God that He did not leave us in our plight and that He is with us everyday, until the end of the age. May He give us courage and wisdom to boldly proclaim the Good News that no one can truly live without.

Shannon Young
Melfort, SK