Lent Devotions: Day 9
Read: Philippians 2:1-11
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name. (v. 9)
I’m always in a hurry when I’m learning something. Whether I am studying English or piano or systematic theology, I am impatient to get through the fundamentals. I want to be sailing in the deeper water. In the same way, in today’s scripture I am tempted to rush over the “therefore” and jump to the “God exalted him.” But there is such an important story behind the “therefore.”
Unlike me, Jesus was in no hurry. His work involved listening, fasting, and prayer to the point of sweating blood. He walked down dusty roads, took time to sit down and talk, really talk, and care for people along the way (John 4:7-26, Luke 19:1-10). He was patient in developing life-changing relationships with uneducated fisherman. He took time to withdraw, rest, and spend hours with his Father, receiving instructions about what to do, who to heal, what to say, and where to go next. That whole life is included in the simple word “therefore” in verse 9.
During Lent, we can be in a hurry to get to Easter, but we too must model the patience, obedience, and posture of Christ. It is only by patiently following Christ through Lent that we may fully follow Christ into the experience of Easter. –Amy Blackledge
Prayer: Dear Lord, next time I am tempted to skip the “therefore,” help me pause and remember that learning to listen for your every word is my best work.