Saturday, March 23, 2013

I need a Savior. I need Easter.

It has been over two weeks since a prayer was posted here. Of course, I've been praying, but I haven't had what you might characterize as a complete thought. It's not unusual for our prayers veer off course, right?

I've been stalled in the Old Testament, but I finally recognized the (obvious) bridge to the New Testament. It's a relief to have clarity...just in time for Holy Week. 

God Almighty, 

I've been frustrated with my Bible study during Lent. A survey of Joshua has left me in the wilderness on many mornings. 

I enjoy reading about Joshua's conquests. His humble leadership and total reliance on you inspire me, but I struggle with your wartime slaughter. And what about Achan? (Joshua 7) Even though he confessed his wrongs, he was stoned to death, and his family was set afire to appease you. Those Old Testament accounts of your searing holiness are punishing. 

...but then, I clearly recognize my need for a Savior, my need for Easter. I'm just like the ancient Hebrews and their neighbors. I have my own "foreign gods" like materialism and pride. Just like them, I have serious shortcomings with loyalty and commitment. I need Jesus. I need Easter. 

At Easter, our sin does not provoke divine wrath. 

At Easter, confession brings restoration and reconciliation. 

At Easter, death is replaced with eternal life. 

Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Amen.