Ok, I confess. I’m weird. Many people GIVE UP blogging and the internet for Lent, and yet, I’m the opposite. After 12 – 18 months of pretty much total blogging abstinence (with the occasional exception of a skim through TitusOneNine & Stand Firm, and rare comments at those blogs), I’ve been enjoying a bit more computer time this Lent as I’ve searched various blogs and websites for encouraging and edifying devotional material to post here for Lent.
It’s been a blessing and fruitful in my own life, and it’s also given me some good resources to share with some colleagues and friends as well.
I will probably have to cut way back again on blog reading post-Easter, but I think the King’s English will stay on my “frequent reading” list. The devotionals that Glen posts on well known phrases from the King James Bible, are just so beautifully written and rich in their imagery and the way they bring such common phrases alive and point to Christ in His beauty and glory.
For Lenten reading, I especially recommend his recent series on the Ten Commandments.
Here is one of my favorite sections of his post Thou Shalt Not Covet:
We begin with “thou shalt have no other gods before My Presence” and we finish with “thou shalt not covet.” That’s because the question throughout is: ‘Where will you look for life? Will you look to the Presence of the unseen LORD, the Son of the Most High God? Or will you look to the things of this world, your neighbour’s house, wife, job, car, things?’ The Good Life is about setting our hearts upon the LORD before everything else.
Martin Luther, in his Large Catechism, gives a brilliant exposition of the law’s expectation for our hearts. He’s commenting on the first commandment and says:
“What does it mean to have a god? or, what is God? Answer: A god means that from which we are to expect all good and to which we are to take refuge in all distress, so that to have a God is nothing else than to trust and believe Him from the whole heart… That now, I say, upon which you set your heart and put your trust is properly your god.
“Therefore it is the intent of this commandment to require true faith and trust of the heart which settles upon the only true God, and clings to Him alone. That is as much as to say: “See to it that you let Me alone be your God, and never seek another,” i.e.: Whatever you lack of good things, expect it of Me, and look to Me for it, and whenever you suffer misfortune and distress, creep and cling to Me. I, yes, I, will give you enough and help you out of every need; only let not your heart cleave to or rest in any other.”
As Luther will go on to say, every breaking of the other commandments is first a breaking of this one. First, our hearts stray from Christ. However we travel from there, it will end badly. The tenth commandment is simply the flip-side of this truth. It describes the “other gods” which we’re tempted to love.