Collect and Readings for The Second Sunday of Lent – Genesis15.1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3.17-4.1, Luke 13:31- end,The Prayer for todayAlmighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
On those occasions when you know the answer on a TV quiz programme and those on the panel don't, it's quite likely that you will be calling the answer out to them. The frustrating thing is that of course they insist on taking no notice of you, oblivious to your offers of help.
I sometimes wonder if God must feel the same frustration with us when we so often live oblivious to his offer of help and guidance. Not exactly like the TV panel, who really can't hear, even if they want to, but more like parents who must watch their child getting deeper involved in an unhealthy relationship which they know will end in misery, while their misgivings are dismissed as nagging, or simply ignored.
Jesus had so often longed to gather up the people of Jerusalem as a hen gathers her chickens to safety under her wings, but there is no way he will force his love or help on anyone, and if people refuse to come, he will always let them go the way they choose. Yet the benefits from putting our faith in God are so remarkable. Today we see Abram believing God's promise inspite of its unlikeliness and experiencing the power and greatness of God as the covenant is ratified. Psalm 27 is full of hope despite difficult circumstances because of the psalmist's trust in the faithful God. Such faith anchors us. It roots us so deeply that we are able to open up and live vulnerably. It enables us to stand firm through all circumstances and be less thrown by whatever life flings at us.
Some things to think about:
How far is our willingness to put our faith in God determined by our personality and upbringing?
What are the pros and cons of putting our faith in God?
God bless and stay safe and well.
Rev'd Fiona Robinson