O Israel (people of God), keep hoping, keep trusting, and keep waiting on the Lord,
for he is tenderhearted, kind, and forgiving.
He has a thousand ways to set you free!
He himself will redeem you;
he will ransom you from the cruel slavery of your sins!
Pause in his presence
Lenten Reflection: Loyalty is revealed through our actions. Scripture teaches we are to love God with our whole being; God commands the action of loyalty. God is perfectly loyal, so when we place our hope in him we have acted wisely. He demonstrates his loyalty by how he loves his human family. Our passage reminds us God is tenderhearted, kind, and forgiving. We always need forgiveness, don’t we? Even when we are isolated or quarantined, evil knows our address. As long as we have choices of any kind, we will find sin (failure to love God or others) as one of the options. God is Good and even during this time he is seeking to deliver us from evil. Stay positive and keep trusting the Lord!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for challenging me all the time to look in at the attitude of my heart. I can never get away from my true self no matter how isolated I am. Set me free and help me love like you. Turn my vantage point toward your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.