Lent: Day 9

“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?”
(Psalm 42:2)

At the start of the second book of Psalms, the Psalmist says what we all say and feel at some time. We want God, desperately, but where is He? We long for Him, but He seems slow in coming. We call out, but He seems silent. He refuses to show up on demand. He won’t be summoned like a servant.

Desolate

This poses one of our dilemmas during Lent. About now, we may find ourselves asking “Where’s the Lord?”

We’ve been more focused, more attentive, and more sacrificial than usual. But many of us have yet to experience glorious divine revelations. The questions we brought to Lent remain unanswered. The brokenness which we laid before Him a week ago has not been “fixed.” We may feel even a hint of the Psalmist’s despair. “When shall I come and appear before God?”

Is it normal? Or is God holding out on me for some reason?

If we trust Him—trust His goodness, His grace, His wisdom, and His timing—we’ll use today to wait on Him rather than expect Him to wait on us. Is it possible that we get this backwards? We turn our desire for Him into an expectation of Him, to our detriment.

Our Lenten fast is a gift to Him, not a demand on Him. Let’s offer it again today, humbly. Let’s wait on Him wherever we find ourselves.

Lord Jesus, teach me to wait on You. Receive my Lenten fast as an opportunity, not an obligation. I trust You and place my hope in You. Amen.

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2 Responses to Lent: Day 9

  1. Daniel Gluck says:

    Wow. I needed this reminder today. It’s easy, as you said, to slip into a posture of demands.

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