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Read Psalm 78

It is too long to include in this post, but I want to encourage you to read Psalm 78 for our Thought for the Day. The Psalmist provides a thumbnail sketch of the contentious relationship between God and the Israelites in the desert. The Psalmist, like any good preacher, interprets the story handed down to him for the benefit of his audience (i.e. us).

Lent begins this Wednesday, Ash Wednesday. As stated in yesterday’s message, Lent is a “God-and-me” journey. Lent is a time of introspection, a time of honest assessment of our relationship with God. The Psalmist reminds us that honesty with God oftentimes involves lashing out at God over unfulfilled expectations or unrealized hopes. The barren, dry desert God led the Israelites into was a far cry from a promised land flowing with milk and honey. It is kind of hard to find fault with their contentiousness when looked at this way.

Raising our questions and concerns, lashing out over unresolved anger, wrestling with doubt are all part of an honest, authentic relationship with God. God can handle it! God will not “heave” lightning bolts at us for honestly expressing ourselves to God. If our relationship with God is not authentic, there is no real relationship at all. No relationship with God should be of far greater concern than an honest one.

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