Lenten Scripture Reflection | Wednesday: Psalm 70; Isaiah 50.4-9; Luke 22

From: Heather Kaufmann

“But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!” Psalm 70:5

Though there is much that still feels unresolved and many questions I am still trying to form, two things I do know: I am poor and needy and God is the Great Helper and Restorer. This Lent, I have been reflecting on what it means for Jesus to have carried all of my brokenness on the cross—not just my sin but my shame, my unfulfilled desires, disappointments, the things that feel unfair… He carried all these things on the cross and is making all things new! How freeing it is to know that my brokenness and the brokenness of the world around me does not have the ultimate say. 

And yet knowing these truths hasn’t necessarily made the daily discipline of admitting to God that I am poor and needy and asking Him to help any easier. This requires such trust, rooted in a firm belief in His steadfast love, that cannot be attained quickly—perhaps not even in a lifetime. But I think—and maybe am starting to experience as true—that reflecting on what God has already done for us through the cross is a good place to start to build this trust.

May we draw near to the Great Helper and Restorer this Holy Week and trust our needs to him as we eagerly anticipate the celebration of His resurrection.

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