Week Three of Lent | Whitney Black

Psalm 78:1-39
Jeremiah 7:21-34
Romans 4:13-25
John 7:37-52

The Lenten season is often seen as a season of waiting. We are waiting for the sacrifice Jesus made for us. We are waiting for Good Friday. We are waiting for the good news of Jesus’ resurrection. However, intertwined with this season of waiting is hope. Christians should be filled with this hope on a daily basis. The hope we have for eternal life, for grace and forGod’s everlasting love. Isn’t that really what the Lenten and Easter season is all about?

Hope is a theme that recurs throughout the Bible and Christianity as a whole. From the creation of the world in Genesis to the promise of Jesus’ coming back for his people in Revelation, there is hope present. In Romans 4:18-22, the author discusses Abraham and his faithfulness to God. The author uses the example of Rebecca’s barrenness and how through Abraham’s faith they are blessed with a child. “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping” (Romans 4:18). Isn’t that what we are called to do as Christians? To keep hoping during times when it seems like hope is lost?

Lent can mean very different things to different people. In your tradition it may mean sacrificing something you love for a couple of weeks, or giving up meat on Fridays. Lent is so much more than that. It is a time to reflect on your faith and what God has done in your life. Even if some of the events are not positive, I think just like Abraham, God wants us to remain hopeful that resolution and peace will come through faith in Him.

WHITNEY BLACK
Senior, Public Relations

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