Week beginning: 6th March, 2016
By Dominic Hughes | London
"Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights…"Genesis 7:4a, Exodus 24:18b, Numbers 13:25, Mark 1:13a (all NIV)
"And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights."
"At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land…"
"and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan…"
Lent for Lawyers
Many LCF members will be currently observing the season of Lent.
It is, of course, no accident that Lent lasts for about 40 days. Periods of 40 days (or 40 years) regularly occur in different contexts in the Bible, and there is often a special significance to the number 40.
Even if your church does not have a tradition of acknowledging Lent, is it something that would help your walk with the Lord this year?
John Piper calls Lent "the last blast of cold before the warm green is here to stay" and advises us to "break a bad habit before Good Friday"(a).
What one or two bad habits can we pick on and seek to break before Easter?
But we also need to keep firmly in mind why we are doing this. As lawyers we perhaps easily fall into the trap of thinking that it is our works or our own efforts that solve things. To counteract this, it would probably be better for us if Lent was observed after Easter(b): we would then first see that Jesus' death on the cross brought us salvation and then – out of thanks for that – we would seek God's help in observing Lent thereafter.
If you're observing some form of lent this year, I hope and pray it would deepen your walk with the Lord and that He would use the time to break some of our bad habits. And I pray also that our hearts may recognise that our own attempts at breaking bad habits are (thankfully) not what saves us.
1. Thank the Lord that He fixes the biggest problem in our lives – our sin.
2. Pick one or two bad habits and pray that the Lord by His Holy Spirit would break the hold they have on you this Lent.
b I gratefully acknowledge Rev Glen Scrivener (www.christthetruth.net) for this idea. He also reminds us that the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins with Passover.