Third Week of Lent | Hanna Easley
I Corinthians 10:1-13
Thirsty, parched, empty and hungry. No way to provide for ourselves or meet our dying needs. Nothing to offer. We approach the throne of God completely empty-handed and in desperate need of saving.
Some days I forget that this is my natural condition. I somehow fool myself into thinking I am able to provide for myself. Other days, I am so overwhelmed by my empty-handedness, my weakness, that I get stuck there. I drown in self-deprecating thoughts, feeling too unworthy to even approach the Throne of Grace.
Neither of those attitudes is what God desires. In these two passages, the Psalmist and the Prophet remind us of our natural condition—our need, our hunger, our thirst—that we cannot satisfy ourselves. But we cannot stop there. Isaiah calls us to come, to listen, to eat what is good and to delight in abundance. David reminds us that it is in God alone that we can be satisfied. That if we seek Him, praise Him, lift up our hands to Him, our souls will be satisfied as with marrow and fatness.
We come to Him empty and broken, but He lavishes upon us such incredible loving-kindness, grace, mercy and provisions that are greatly undeserved. As we prepare our hearts and minds during this season of Lent, let’s sit in this truth today. Confess your need for a Savior, your emptiness and your brokenness. And—if you’re like me—confess your attempt to be your own Savior. Spend time thanking Christ for His saving grace, His lavish abundance, and His inexhaustible provisions.
It’s crucial that we remember our sinful condition and our need for Christ, but we must approach His throne confidently—seeking His face, so that we may eat what is good, delight in abundance and be wholly satisfied.
For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 68:7-8)
Coordinator of Student Enrichment, College of Entertainment and Music Business