The Daily Office | February 15, 2018
Psalms 75, 76, 77
Genesis 35:1-20 (21-29)
Genesis 37 (38)
Collect: Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
We are not our own.
In the busyness of our culture it is easy to forget this simple truth. We get caught up in school, sports, work, meetings, emails, friends, family…and before we know it, life has become a matter of juggling these commitments, doing our best to keep from drowning.
Lent is a season that challenges this way of living and helps to refocus our hearts on God. Our reading from Matthew 24 reminds us of the story of Noah, where, just like today, people’s lives lost focus (v37). They began to live for themselves, eating, drinking, and simply enjoying life. Their focus on their own merriment caused them to “miss the boat” when God sent the floods. Jesus is pleading with us to learn from their example.
Has the focus of your life shifted from Christ? Romans 14 reminds us that “whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (v8). We are not our own. All of our actions and thoughts must be for Christ and his glory.
As we enter into Lent, let us reflect on the way we live. Is Christ your focus? Turn to him. He is ever willing to accept those who call on him.