From the Pastor's Desk..
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the GOD of my salvation; for you I wait all day long. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees (Psalm 25:4-5,10).
Ash Wednesday on Feb. 14 th marked the beginning of this year's Lenten season, which contines through Holy Saturday on March 30 th. Lent is a season of forty days, with the Sundays excluded as Sundays are always little Easters. We participate in Jesus Christ's passion, and his paths to the Cross during these forty days in preparation for his glorius resurrection. The psalmist prays, "Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths." If following in the footsteps of Jesus is what shapes and defines a Christian life, then what is the way of the Lord? Cue: this is when we turn to the Scripture.
The Lord's way is a rugged road. Christ Jesus walked in the way of exclusion, lowliness, and affliction but the same narrow paths led to the truth and God's will. Jesus never turned away from the righteous way despite being surrounded with plot, blame, threat, poverty, and alienation. He walked down the path just as he had taught people; "Enter through the narow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction,and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it. '(Matthew 7:13-14).
The Lord's way is straight. John the Baptist referenced the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Luke 3:4). Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, who tried to compromise the Lord's righteous walk and His obedience to the divine will. The Wise Men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod's palace so they left for their own country by another road. (Matthew 2:12). They chose the righteous way to follow the will of God instead of the way to be compensated. Straight paths are the road to obey the Word of God, the way of truth, and the way of life.
Finally, the Lord's way is lofty. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Issaiah 55:9). The psalmist who asked for the Lord's paths received his response as shown in Psalm 25:10, "All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. "The lofty way is steadfast love and faithfulness, and this means that we stand by love and the Word. Jesus's paths ultimately redeemed the human race and enabled Jesus to follow the God's Word.
May we boldly follow in the footsteps of our Lord during this Lenten season, and may ourt paths be rugged, straight and lofty. I pray that each of us will walk and live alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but with faith and prayer. I pray for our Lord to strengthen us in both our individual and colletive journeys during this season.
In Christ's love,
Pastor Dai Hoon