“Come back to God, your God….God is kind and merciful.” Joel 2:13 (The Message Bible)
This message in Joel challenges us to come back to God during the church season called Lent. Throughout the forty days of Lent, we are reminded that we cannot ignore God’s desires for us. It’s a time to look temptation in the face—the kind that grabs my time, tries to limit my talents, and robs my pocket. Forty days seem like a short period of time in which I should focus on giving God more attention than usual.
Many Christians practice the act of giving up something during Lent—perhaps a bad habit, like watching too many movies or to sacrifice eating chocolate (or specifically chocolate cake). I no longer see Lent as a time to give up something. It is a time to take on something to improve my life—to improve my relationship with God—such as adding a special Lenten devotional to my daily reading and attending mid-week worship services.
Dr. Oz says eating a little bit of dark chocolate every day is good for your health—I will plan to make that happen, too!
Dear Lord, let me walk a little closer to you during the forty days of Lent. Amen.