Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

March 3, 2016 / By: Dr. Artika Tyner

Jeremiah 7:23-28 and Luke 11:14-23

Today’s Old Testament reading reminds us to listen to God’s voice. In our daily lives, we are surrounded with the noise of many voices whether it be through social media or the nightly news. This passage challenges us to focus on the importance of listening to the voice of God. Where is he leading us? Listening requires us to move beyond the sensory function of simply hearing God’s voice as we read the word and attend service. Listening focuses on taking action and making a difference. Listening compels us to feed the hungry, quench the thirst of the thirsty, take in the stranger, give clothes to those in need, and visit the sick and those in prison.

The next dimension of this passage reminds of us that God is omnipotent. As a good shepherd, he is faithful to order our steps. This is deeply comforting in a world with many uncertainties and unexpected challenges. How will we withstand life’s trials and tribulations? We can rest assured when listening to God’s voice and following his command that all things will work together for good.

During this Lenten season, I struggled to find the right way to honor God. I started with saying “no” to my morning mug of coffee. Yes, I could accomplish this through an act of sheer will and determination. However, I could hear a still small voice saying it is not about the coffee. Instead, I was challenged to listen to the voice of God by expressing gratitude in my daily interactions and deepening my commitment to service. Now, each day has been filled with renewed joy and purpose.

Dr. Artika Tyner
Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion