Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Psalm 31.1-5, Genesis 37.1-36, Mark 10.1-12 - Lectionary for 3/30/11

Today's readings are Psalm 31.1-5, Genesis 37.1-36, and Mark 10.1-12.

We consider today some of the hard providences of God. Joseph is sold by his brothers into slavery. He will later find that he is in a position to save many people from starvation, including the brothers who sold him. Jesus tells us of divorce, which is because of the hardness of our heart, but which was permitted. Yet God never approves of adultery or of forcing a person into a life of poverty or sin.

What hard providences do we face? Maybe it's illness, unemployment, physical or social distress, fears of all sorts, physical dangers, it could be any sort of difficulty. Do we know that God can use that difficult situation? We don't even begin to see all the way in which our Lord uses us in and through the difficulties we face. Yet we do confess that all of life is in the hand of our Lord who has lovingly come to save us and preserve us through all the distress we endure. We know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has himself taken all our sorrows upon himself so we no longer have to bear them. And we live in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, a resurrection to life, wiping away the death we now face. May the Lord remind us of his grace.

Dave Spotts
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