Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) set aside in preparation for the Resurrection. Lent ends on Holy Saturday, the day before Easter. For many Christians, it is a time to reflect, repent, and prepare our hearts to celebrate new life.
Lent allows us to reflect back to Jesus’ time in the wilderness before beginning His earthly ministry. Matthew 4 gives us the account of Jesus fasting for 40 days and nights in the wilderness. Being extremely weak and hungry, Jesus is tempted by the devil, who wants him to prove He is Son of God. Jesus is able to resist the temptation to give in to Satan by using God’s Word as his only defense. And it worked!
The Scriptures are a powerful tool for us too.
2 Timothy 3 16All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
If we are honest, we would likely confess that we do not spend enough time reading God’s Word on a daily basis. Lent is a great time to change that. Bible reading is a spiritual discipline for every growing believer. Read it alone, or with your spouse and children. Let God speak to you through His Word.
Consider making the Bible an intentional part of your day, every day, between now and Easter Sunday.