The First Sunday in Lent, February 21st, 2021

The First Sunday in Lent

Psalm 25: 1-9

Psalm 25: 5 “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

As the world around us continues to evolve it can be difficult to accept and follow along with change. Change to most people is considered a “dirty word”. COVID has caused all of us to reflect on our normal actions and adapt to change. It has always been difficult to put our trust in people and this past year has tested us more than ever. The Lord asks us to put our trust in him and follow him through our trials and downfalls. He wants to teach us the ways of righteousness, which is what I interpreted from Psalm 25: 1-9. In this Psalm he is showing us his plans to teach us and guide us through our lives. All we need to do is follow him.

Following the Lord’s guidance is difficult at times, over thinking and second guessing is my specialty. I always have a hard time trusting my gut. Oftentimes I find myself saying “show me your ways Lord, let me follow you” which is what Psalm 25 is also saying. Putting your trust in the Lord and doing your best to walk in the ways of his teachings is all that any of us can do. With my work as a youth minister, I see myself in the teaching role. When you are serving as a teacher you don’t see shortcomings as failures but as opportunities for growth. When the youth struggle with their walk it is helpful for them to know not only are they not alone, but others have struggled with similar things as well.

James 1:5 “But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind.” Here James is telling us to seek God and by faith we will find him. This scripture is very similar to Psalm 25 in the message of taking the Lord’s teachings and how to look toward him when we are facing our trials and shortcomings.

Joleen George