The 2nd Monday in Lent 2019

You will arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come. Psalm 102:13

In our afflictions, the need for pity and favor is especially pronounced.

Pity and mercy upon us is most welcomed. We need the favor of the Lord in harsh times.

Often in our good times, we lose sight of our need for God’s mercy, grace, pity, and favor.

We think we can generate these things or that we can rely on other people or human institutions for such.

Repeatedly, these all fail us … whether our whole hope is upon sinful humans on the smallest level or on the largest levels.

In these failures, we meet affliction, we meet the fact that only Jesus Christ has true, everlasting pity and favor upon us.

Yes, we still go through the dark valleys of this life to learn the critical need for His Help.

It about contentment in God’s timing, His appointed time for all seasons of our lives.

Impatience with God’s timing is the breeding ground for contempt and hatred for God and His people.

Impatience with God’s timing generates ingratitude and afflictions.

In staying content through Christ and His Word, we learn to wait upon His appointed time with prayer, supplication, love, and godly anticipation.

Prayer.

O LORD, help us to learn contentment through all our circumstances. Help us in the times of affliction to be content in our standing in Jesus Christ to know His pity and favor has forever been given at the Cross. Help us know this with gratitude and patience by the comfort of your Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.