Granbury First UMC Blog Posts

Lent Devotionals: Thursday, March 2

Umm….what?!

 

I eagerly look forward to our Men’s Labor Day Retreat to Colorado every year. In fact, when we get back on Labor Day each year, by the next day I am already looking forward to the next one!  While in Colorado, we try to find the creeks and streams that are less fished than others for the obvious reason of more potential fish to catch.  At times, this means a considerable hike up, down, or through the mountain woods to find the utopian creek full of all the glorious bounties we seek.  In preparation for this trip, I tend to over pack.  I pack way too many clothes, a whole back pack full of necessities and equipment for fishing and (hopefully unnecessary) survival.  I pack a hatchet, a fire starter, camelback full of water, first aid kit, a few knives, rope, rain gear, food, etc.  Anything and everything I can think of that could help me survive should the unfortunate happen and I am hurt and/or stuck in the mountains for a night or so. 

In our text for this week, Mark is very quickly running through the events surrounding Jesus’ baptism and trip to the wilderness.  If I were to follow Jesus’ example on my own wilderness trip, I would not secure any supplies for my trip….just the clothes on my back and sandals on my feet. No food, no first aid kit…nothing.

Umm…..what?!

I know, it sounds absurd; and really, it kinda is if you think about it.  In no way does it seem wise for Jesus to begin wandering off into the woods without any provisions at all.  Why would he do that?  Doesn’t he know that there are all sorts of wildlife and poisonous plants and bugs out there that can kill him?  

For Mark, Jesus is setting a monumental example for us.  With Jesus heading off into the wilderness alone with no supplies, it will force his complete and utter reliance on God.  For Jesus to pack a myriad of necessities, it would demonstrate more of a reliance on himself and his own survival skills, and less on God’s faithfulness and provision. 

The season of Lent is one of repentance and sacrifice.  What are you carrying with you that keeps you from relying solely on God?  The Psalmist speaks of this in Psalm 55, he sings:  “Cast your burden on the Lord, God will support you!”  Seek the Lord this week and let go of that which is between you and God.
 
Rev. Corey Moses
Associate Pastor

 



Lent Devotionals: Wednesday, March 1

Lemons to Lemonade

In the text this week there is a powerful example of God opening Israel’s eyes to His availability. Just after the Israelites had been delivered from Pharaoh’s army, they went into the desert where they had no water. God led them to the waters of Marah. God led them to waters which could not be consumed. He did not lead them there to drink bitter water, but to change the water from bitter to sweet.

We may have been faced with “lemons” many times in our lives. Situations, problems, or tragedies will arise to challenge our walk with God. The Holy Spirit has come to provide the wisdom, counsel, or might we need to turn those waters of life from bitter to sweet!

God told Moses to take the tree and put it into the water. Moses’ obedience brought a miracle, and the miracle brought a revelation: God did not want them to drink bitter waters. He is a good God; and Israel needed to know that. If they would simply obey Him, He would provide for them.
 
Josh Leblo
Youth Ministry Director