I count it a blessing that the last Bible study I shared with my Tuesday morning Bible study group at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, was the Book of Genesis, although we thought we would never get beyond the creation account and on to Noah and Abraham!
And yet, it’s good for us to dwell for a while on God’s creative power—because it is the same creative power which also re-creates us day by day, and brings new life and order to the chaos of our lives. In Jeremiah, the prophet recalls for Israel that it is the God who created the earth, the world and the heavens, who is the true God—and the LORD of hosts is His name!
Jeremiah proclaims this, you may remember from recent devotions, because the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah have turned away from God, turning toward idols and pagan religious practices. Jeremiah affirms, “…every goldsmith is put to shame by the idols he makes; for his images are false, and there is no breath in them. They are worthless, a work of delusion… Not like these is He who is the portion of Jacob, for He [God] is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; the LORD of hosts is His name!”
As we make our journey through Lent, we would do well to take some time to consider the LORD of hosts who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens. Take some time to gaze at the majestic mountains, the hills and trees, the sky and clouds. And then remember, there is one true God, and just as this God created the land and sea and all that exists, He also created you and me. He created us and He is at work, even now, re-creating us—making us new in Christ Jesus—making our lives new, as well, that we might love and serve Him every day of our lives.
O LORD of Hosts, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, but keep me close to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Taken from Wendel, David, From Ashes to Easter, Ashes Lenten Devotional Booklet, North American Lutheran Church.