March 4, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD. (Jeremiah 17:7)
TRUST IN THE LORD: If you happen to be a “control enthusiast” like me, you probably put an asterisk next to the phrase trust in the Lord*. The asterisk allows us the freedom to go our own way if we think we know better.
Trust in the Lord is one of those challenges that is most difficult to meet when needed the most. In other words, when things are going well, we say, “Trust in the Lord!” and we mean it. When times are tough, we don’t say it at all, or we say it with doubt in our voice.
I saw a quote the other day that read: “God doesn’t always remove your problems, but he will give you a way to get through them.”
We tend to want a quick fix. I need help and I want it now. When that help doesn’t come from God quickly enough, we turn to the alternative – “I’ll handle this myself.”
Today, pray for patience. Patience during difficult times shows trust. It indicates that you are confident “he will give you a way to get through them.”