Ember Saturday, March 15, 2014

Morning Psalm: 55 | Evening Psalms: 138, 139
Genesis 41:1-13 | 1 Corinthians 4:1-7 | Mark 2:23-3:6
 
I served for twenty-two years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. I observed many people become terrified each time that an Inspector General Inspection Team or a Standardization Evaluation Team arrived on the base to closely and meticulously evaluate how well our unit and its people are performing their mission. Yes, one could suffer very negative consequences for failing to meet standards; however, I found that inspections were a time to rejoice rather than be terrified. It gave the opportunity to show inspectors that you and the people who work for you are the top-notch performers who are the best the Air Force has. It was a way to obtain public recognition for excellence, receive awards, receive promotions, and to be given choice duty assignments.
 
In light of my illustration, Psalm 139 addresses our inspection and evaluation process with the Lord. I love Psalm 139! The psalmist starts out uncomfortably squirming with the realization that the Lord knows, and from conception in the womb has always known, his very inmost nature, will, thoughts, and motives. There is nowhere that the psalmist can flee from the Lord and no way to hide anything from Him. One could easily feel trapped under close scrutiny. The psalmist begins to realize what a comfort it is that the LORD loves him so much that He wants to continually have such intimacy with him. Not only that, but the psalmist falls in love with the LORD’s thoughts and realizes that the LORD is his only protection.
 
I fall miserably short in the Lenten discipline of self-evaluation because of my blindness about some areas of my life. Is there a solution? Yes! If you ask the LORD to search your heart, He will! Can you joyfully show Him a clean heart that He has given to you (cf. Psalm 51)? Will you demonstrate top-notch stewardship by giving Him ten talents in return for the five that He entrusted to you (cf. Matthew 25:14-30)?
 
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!  Try me and know my thoughts!  And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24). Amen.
 

 

The Reverend
Benjamin R. “Ben” Wright

(MDiv 1994)
Assistant Dean of Administration
and Church Relations

    

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