Wednesday, February 24

Lenten Meditations 2012

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Wednesday, February 24

Psalm 119: 49-72; Gen. 37:25-36; 1 Cor. 2:1-13; Mark 1:29-45

Like many, I have always felt nervous about sharing my faith. I am worried that I will not say the right thing or that my words will be misinterpreted. In 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, Paul tells the Corinthians that he comes to speak to them in fear and weakness, as I feel.

He does not come to them in eloquence and superiority, but with humility, so that they might better identify with him and that they would be able to focus on his meaning, rather than the way in which he speaks.

In this way, he wishes to show the power of the Holy Spirit to his listeners, that they might see His glory and put faith in God's power. Paul seems to say that if I just open my heart to the Holy Spirit and stop worrying about saying “the right thing,” God will work through me to say what He wants to convey. I feel that when I worry about the way I speak to others, I am putting too much emphasis on myself, when all I really need to do is allow God to work through me.

Dear God, thank You for placing Your Spirit in our hearts so that we may know and understand You better. Thank You that by Your spirit You have given us a glimpse into what glories You have prepared for those that love You.

Help us to listen to Your spirit and help us, with humility, to see Your wisdom and spread it throughout the world.

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