April 2nd Lenten Devotional

Promises

Michael Bowe

Psalm 102:12-17

We make a lot of promises to others and many promises are made to us. Sadly, too many promises are broken on both ends of the equation. Unfortunately, promises are easy to make and often easier to break, but generally hard to keep. I often wonder if God feels this way. God has a perfect track record on promise keeping, and I don’t foresee that changing. Throughout Lent, we reflect on God’s sacrifice and yearn to understand God’s promise to resurrect and redeem the world through Christ. Yet, can God resurrect and redeem the mess I make on a daily basis? The Psalmist reminds us that no matter what it is we are going through that “the LORD sits enthroned forever.” The LORD extends compassion and our respected cities will be resurrected, or rebuilt. No matter the destruction, God does not despise our pleas. The Psalmist reminds us that no matter the circumstance, even the cross of Christ, “You will arise and have compassion…” No matter how destructive and destitute our situation is, “the LORD will rebuild…” No matter how bad, “the LORD never despises the prayers and pleas of the destitute.” Now that is a promise I am glad God keeps.

Holy Lord, We need your help, and so does everyone else. You promised to respond and not despise the pleas and prayers of the destitute, so hear our prayer and help us rebuild our Zions. Amen.

Michael Bowe, D.Min. works for a men’s drug and alcohol recovery center in Huntsville, AL

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