Psalm 95** & 88; Lam. 3:37-58; Heb. 4:1-16**; Rom. 8:1-11***
** Intended for use in the morning
*** Intended for use in the evening
"Today if you hear his voice do not harden your heart as you did at Meribah."
The word "Meribah" literally means place of rebellion, strife or contention. As I have contemplated my Christian life during the Lenten season and tried to prepare my heart for Easter, this scripture has called me to evaluate how rebellion plays a part in my own life.
During times of a hardened heart one can not produce fruit and will have no value to God or others. When we are stubborn and set in our ways we find ourselves alone without God and the promises this season brings. The most important promise being the rest and the joy we will share with Him at the end of our lives.
In Hebrews 4:1-4, the scripture speaks to us about the promise of entering into that rest and to be careful that we do not fall short since we have heard the gospel just as the early Jews had, but yet had hardened their hearts.
My own hardened heart, my own rebellion comes to me in times when I realize I want to be in control. I want the outcome to be my way and I lose sight of the One who has my life in order according to His will.
“Lord God, my Father, for this Easter season please bless me and those you love with an open heart. May we be fruitful and produce among us that which you will find good. Thank you for your Son and the sacrifice that has been made for us.” Amen.
Posted on Sat, April 3, 2010
by Lenten Meditations filed under