Mar 7 2012

Lenten reflection: Checking our spiritual ‘GPS’

CFCA preacher Tom SingerEvery Wednesday throughout Lent we will post a reflection on the upcoming Sunday readings. We hope these help you on your own Lenten journey. This weekís reflection was written by CFCA preacher Father Tom Singer, O.M.I.

The first reading for the Third Sunday in Lent, along with the psalm, amount to “a spiritual GPS” for us: directing us on the right road.

Are we listening or stubbornly going our own way? Or, as we approach the midway point of Lent, is it time for us to “recalculate?”

It’s not too late for us to pray that God becomes our life’s GPS, our guiding force.

The reading from Exodus begins by proclaiming God’s clear and forthright introduction, “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.î

God is gracious and wants the best for us ó reminding us that, indeed, God is on OUR side.

Before entrusting Moses with the Ten Commandments, God gently reminds the Israelites that they were already rescued from slavery once, at that first Passover.

Remote road in Nicaragua

A remote road in Nicaragua. Ramiro Zelada, manager of Sponsor Services teams at the CFCA headquarters in Kansas City, took this picture on a mission awareness trip in February 2012.

God doesn’t want the Israelites to forget that. Rather, God is trying to convince the Israelites that “This is really for your own good. Listen up!

Of course, how many times have we heard “This is really for your own good” before getting a list of what we cannot do? But, like a GPS, in order to get where we want to go, we have to choose one path over the others.

God then continues with the expectations to be a faithful follower. These are spelled out in the two main responses God is looking for in the Israelites: devotion to the Almighty and care for others.

Devotion to God is covered in the first three commandments: by keeping God at the center of their lives, by honoring the name of God, and by dedicating one day a week to God.

The following seven commandments are all about caring for others. Interestingly, the scale seems to tip toward caring for others, and that’s probably why most of you are involved with CFCA.

Presumably, your life’s GPS is already set on God. Lent, however, is made for checking on that.

If your life isn’t anchored as firmly as you would like, you may want to “recalculate.”

Today’s psalm and response provide pitch-perfect accompaniment, “Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.

The psalmist reinforces this theme:

The Law of the Lord is perfect.
The decree of the Lord is trustworthy.
The precepts of the Lord are right, and
The command of the Lord is clear.

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