The season of submission and examination

The season of Lent is for examination. It is to open our lives to the work of the Cross. Every day should have some component of examination, but Lent is a season where we can truly make this possible. 

Psalm 95 is in the reading today (HERE).

In verses 6-7 there is the call to come in submission to the Lord.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

Then, there is the warning:

Today, if you only would hear his voice…

The invitation is to come and listen. The invitation is to examine, not only our own lives but to look to the examples of those who have gone before. Scripture doesn’t give us just the “rosy” examples. It gives us the warnings.

“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
    as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me;
    they tried me, though they had seen what I did.

Let our lives be silenced to hear the areas where the Spirit may come and say, “You are testing me here. You don’t need to do that. Follow me.”

Lord, I am deaf. I have so much difficulty hearing you at times. You are gracious. Your invitation to listen comes in this season. Please, Lord, give me ears to hear. May my spiritual ears be opened to understand how you are leading me. 

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