The Lenten season, this time of seeking an honest assessment of ourselves and our relationship with God, with others, and with the Jesus Mission, seems particularly difficult. During this Lenten season, we are particularly focused on the kinds of things that happen in our lives which may undermine our confidence in God’s promises. The choice to follow Jesus is a choice about the path we take during the journey of our lives. Each day we are confronted with the choice between fear and faith, anxiety and anticipation.
The Scriptures guide us to the source of that peace. Psalm 121 invites us, encourages us, to trust in God’s promises. This is our daily choice of leaning upon God’s promises rather than our circumstances. This is no promise that bad things will never happen, but that in fearful things which we may experience along our pilgrim’s journey, God will watch over us. As Psalm 121 encourages us:
1 Oh Lord, the challenges in my life sometimes seem overwhelming—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 You will not let me stumble—
you watch over me and never nod off;
4 indeed, you watch over all of your people
and don’t even need to rest.
5 You, Lord, watch over me—
You, Lord, are my protection at all times;
6All the long day or during a too-long night
7 You, Lord will keep me from all harm—
you will watch over my life;
8 you yourself, Lord, will watch over my life every day
both now and forevermore.