Jeremiah 4:22 My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding.
This verse is a bit of a downer. It was given to me yesterday by email as the verse to center a Lenten devotional around. What????
The part B to the verse is this: “They are skilled in doing evil, they know not how to do good.” Well that stinks if we are horrible, evil, and foolish people. I’m not sure those reading this devotional are evil. In fact, I am confident you and your family are not evil. But, we do live in a fallen world. There is plenty of evil around us.
Around us there is war, destructive behavior, hate, infidelity, etc. Around us is brokenness. We are a broken people. We are saved by a Broken Christ. He knew we would screw up. And, we do foolish actions in little and big ways throughout our daily lives. The beauty of Lent and Easter is that we are preparing to accept the gift of a broken man: Christ. HE is redemption, forgiveness, and our “Get out of Jail Free” card for when we really mess up in the game of Life…not Monopoly. You board game fans know what I’m talking about. Accept the broken and pray for those who are foolish. We all make mistakes.
You came as a Broken Christ.
Forgive us when we place you high on the throne without remembering that you walked among us as well.
Give me grace to accept myself and others as broken and as healing.
We are a walking, talking, living, and breathing image of You. Help us to be good not evil today. It is a big request. It is an easy request for You when You abide in us and through us.