Fifth Week of Lent | Sarah Beth Falbe
Psalm 137, 144
John 11:28-44 or 12:37-50
…for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
Nobody has ever seen God. That’s true from our own lives, as well as from the Scriptures. We don’t know what God looks like, and we can’t always see the work He does in people’s hearts. What we can see, however, is the world—its inhabitants, its loves, its work. And we seek the glory that comes from it.
In this season of Lent, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We recognize the glory of the Lord as He suffered and laid down His life for us. His glory was physically evident to the world 2,000 years ago, and it is evident in our hearts today. It’s so easy to see the world and live in its glory. But it’s especially during this time of year that makes it completely apparent that it is only the Lord’s glory we should seek. John 12:37a says, “Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him.” Even though the glory of Jesus is right before our eyes, evident in His followers and His creation, we search for the immediate pleasures of the world.
Take this time to relinquish your hold on the loves of this world. Here today and gone tomorrow, they keep hold of your heart, impeding your view of the Glory of God. The assurance of man does not steer your heart to fulfillment. Rather, the assurance of God makes you fully aware that you are one of God’s children. You belong, you are loved and you have a home with the Creator of this universe. Let that thought fully take you over. You do not have to suffer the pains of this world, but delight in the life Jesus has given you. For as Psalm 144:2 says, “He is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer.” The Lord secured our lives by laying down His own life for us. May we always praise Him for it.
SARAH BETH FALBE
Senior, Studio Art