LHM Lenten Devotion – March 18, 2014 “Trust that is Never Put to Shame “

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Trust that is Never Put to Shame”

March 18, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 106.
TEXT: To You they cried and were rescued; in You they trusted and were not put to shame (Psalm 22:5).

The overwhelming wrath of God for our sins has fallen on Jesus as He hangs on the cross. Though His Father has forsaken Him, the writer to the Hebrews reminds us, “Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the One who was able to save Him from death. And He was heard because of His reverence” (see Hebrews 5:7). Jesus firmly clings to His Father, trusting Him to rescue and deliver Him from death and hell.

But when all He sees is the Father’s wrath, how can He still cling to this trust? He thinks back to the experience of His Jewish ancestors. Time and time again they fell into great distress and trouble because of their sins. Then as they were suffering they recognized their sins, turned to God, and cried out to Him. And time and time again, God heard their prayers, had mercy on them, forgave them, and faithfully rescued them. They trusted in God’s deliverance, and that trust was not put to shame; God came through and delivered them.

Though Jesus committed no sins, He is in sore distress because He carries all of ours. But He knows His Father. Once this payment has been made in full Jesus will give up His spirit and God will give Him rest and peace in His presence.

When we face times of sore distress we can call upon our Heavenly Father for Jesus’ sake. We can then rest in the sure confidence our trust in our Heavenly Father will not be put to shame either.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, help me cling to You in faith, just as You clung to Your Father in Your time of sore distress. Amen.

 

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