The Daily Office | March 22, 2018
Numbers 16:36-17 end
2 Timothy 2
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.
Collect: The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of this world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Do we really trust the Lord? It often feels that when things are going well, God is present, but the moment something goes wrong, God is absent. We hear often that God hears our cries, but why is that hard to believe and accept? What is God doing in the midst of our grief or our torment? When does the Lord deliver us from our distress?
As believers in Christ, our hope is in Lord, but how can we trust him? Psalm 107 reminds us that God does deliver us from our distresses, and he is present during our times of trouble. This Psalm reminds us that even in our sin and disobedience, the Lord is merciful and comes to our aid when we call on him. He does not turn away from his children, and the wicked do not prevail over us. “He raises up the needy out of affliction” (v 41a).
So, what do we do with this when life is not going our way? We must remember that God’s mercy is available for us at all times. We must remind ourselves that he hears our cries and he feels our pain. He is not far from us, but we must trust in him. As we draw closer to the end of lent, let us remember this as we reflect on the passion of Christ, and put our hope in the cross, and our trust in the Lord.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!