8“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
9But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ ”
Jonah 2:8 – 9
As the Lenten Season begins let us reflect on the Lord.
We serve a God so full of love for us that He spared nothing to bring us salvation. As we walk with the Son, we too are called to give all to show our love. During this 40-day season we must reflect on where we have let idols creep in. We must examine our lives, hearts, and minds to find even the smallest crumb that blocks our way to God.
It is so easy to let small things slip into our walk that we may not notice them at first. But like the smallest pebble in the shoe, these things begin to distract us from the path Jesus wants us on. Just as that small grain rubs and irritates, the ‘idols’ we let in rub against our relationship with our God.
Like Jonah, we must re-evaluate ourselves and declare I “will sacrifice to You”. We must shout “in grateful praise” to the one and true God, our Father, our devotion, and desire to follow Him.
Take this moment to pray:
Oh my God, Creator of Everything, I humble myself before You. Open my eyes Lord Jesus, so that I may see the areas of my life where I have put ‘idols’ above You.
Open my heart Lord that I might see what darkness has slipped in. Loving Savior, I ask You to shine Your light on those spaces that I may see where I need to grow.
Teach me, Oh Spirit, how to let go of the shadows and idols that keep me from serving God more fully.
Lord, I make this my Lenten prayer. Let me, like Jonah, say, “What I have vowed, I will make good.” Amen.
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