Lenten Devotional: Wednesday, Feb. 17

Jeremiah 31:31-34: The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt – a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord, for I will forgive them their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Our journey through life is never a straight one; it zigzags. Sometimes it heads in the opposite direction from where we think it should go. We would probably be fine with the twists and turns if we had a map, and itinerary to follow. But what if our maps are out of date and inaccurate? What if they are borrowed from someone else’s journey? An outdated or borrowed map will never get us where we need to go; we have to depend our own inner map. God has written it there; it is written on our hearts.

When you feel lost, what do you know to be true for your journey? What are the gentle intuitions? What grounds you?

Prayer:  When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way,
Still you’re there right beside me.
Nothing will I fear as long as you are near,
Please be near me to the end.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.