Being lost scares us. But, perhaps we need to get lost.
We read that to be in Christ is to “become the righteousness of God.” “Become” hardly implies a one-and-done task, but rather a process that likely involves a life-long series of tasks to work toward a larger goal.
Psalm 32:9 encourages us to “not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,” but how do we become unbridled?
In this season of Lent, we claim this story as our story, and are blessed by it.
A new leaf makes room for revision. A new story. A new life.
What does it mean to repent?
When I read Psalm 63, I feel grounded in the long, arching narrative of God’s people living in the world. The scriptures, and this psalm in particular, have been part of the human story for thousands of years.
Isaiah 55 extends an invitation to abundant life, though that abundant life remains elusive. We know that our thoughts are not the Lord’s thoughts, our ways are not the Lord’s ways. The Lord’s ways and thoughts are higher, like the heavens.
Throughout my life I had heard that the Bible was a Living Word, but it was easier to view it as a historical account with some wisdom and truths woven into it than it was to view it as a living, breathing Word.
When a prophet is on point, the earthly powers that be will recognize the truth of the prophet’s message and be threatened by it.