Sunday, February 17, 2013

40-Day Lent Bible Reading Plan (February 17th)

I shared the other day that I am taking the Lent season to read the New Testament. It was encouraging to know that several other people have jumped on board for this plan as well. I believe as we prepare our hearts for Easter, that God will speak to us through His Word.

The plan contains reading every day of the week except Sundays. I thought on Sundays, I would take a few moments to share what God had impressed upon my heart during the previous week's reading. This past week, I read Matthew 1-24. While I have read the book of Matthew many times in the past, there was one part that I was particularly impacted by. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made several statements about our heart of worry about our food or clothing. He says, 
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" (Matthew 6:25) 
"But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" (Matthew 6:30)
I get it that we are not to be anxious about our food or clothing. But this took on a different impact to me. You see, the more I thought about this, I can probably say that I have never worried about whether I would have clothes to wear. I have never worried about having enough food to eat. I have never worried about whether I would have a coat to keep me warm. My heart was convicted that I worry about whether it is a designer coat or good food.

Let me illustrate this from my life. When I was in Cambodia, I lost or had stolen a new Adidas golf jacket. It is something I bought last year and was quite costly. I loved this coat. When I realized that I couldn't locate it, I began to worry. I tried to think over and over of where I could have lost it. But it was gone. My heart of worry had nothing to do with whether or not I would stay warm. It had everything to do with whether I would stay warm in a nice, cool, new jacket. O, my wretched heart. I realized I have taken sin to a new level.

That is what God impressed upon my heart this past week. How about you? 

What did God impress upon your heart as you read the New Testament these past days?

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