Each month, Good Shepherd’s Vestry meetings begin with a devotion offered by a Vestry member, and, for the past year, we have been including these devotions in the Sheepskin. This month’s Vestry devotion is submitted by Sam Arthur. Sam is completing his final year on the Vestry and serves as a Vestry liaison with the church’s “Serve Team” (Outreach Ministries). Sam is a Senior Partner with the Denver law firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP.
We deny it. We fake it. We mask it. We try to ignore it. But the truth stubbornly persists that we, in our humanness, are often weak and inadequate. Being sinful, we fail. Being prone to illness, we get sick. Being feeble, we get hurt. Being mortal, we ultimately die. Pressure of daily life grinds at us. Anxiety gives us ulcers. People intimidate us and death haunts us. This explains why Job complained “Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil” (Job 14:1).
How can we continue to grow in this bag of bones, covered with weaknesses too numerous to mention? We can take solace in looking at Psalm 46 and heeding its words:
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing. Our helper He, amid the flood of Mortal ills prevailing.
As we move through this season of Lent, we get constant reminders that Jesus is there for us and will redeem us from all of our sins and weaknesses. We must not struggle with our brokenness, but rather should join with the Lord to obtain his love, understanding and support. We must realize that we cannot be good representatives of Christ until we turn over our fears and concerns to Him.
The best way to build this relationship with God is through consistent, private and heartfelt prayer. We should pray to God as a child might. If we want something we should ask for it. We may not get it right away and we may not get it in the form we requested, but it will be clear that God has heard us and thought about our expressed wants and needs. There is no need to rationalize our need, even though so many of us have been blessed with monetary and spiritual rewards already. Also, for us to build a relationship with God we need to consistently talk to him in an area that is free of interruptions. Prayer time is no time for multitasking!
It is not our job to create intimacy with God but, rather, to let that existing intimacy flourish. Only with consistent, uninterrupted prayer can we let God know our fears and wants but also to obtain the ability to rely upon God’s wisdom, strength and clarity in the leading of our daily lives. Please take a heartfelt moment to foster that relationship whenever you can.