Believe - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

John’s purpose in writing his gospel, as he outlines in the passage below, also encapsulates the ongoing journey for each one of us in our lives. The phrase he uses – “come to believe” – is fluid and dynamic, and so it is for us. Faith is not a rigid attribute that we either do or don’t have, but an evolving relationship with God, who we come to know through the events of Jesus’ life as well as the events of ours.

Then “through believing” we are born into a new life in Jesus’ name. The life that is created as a result of believing in Jesus is guided by his teachings and strengthened by his love. Both because of our trust in Jesus as the Messiah, and as we live out that trust, we come to experience the hope and patience, the comfort and endurance, bestowed by God.

On this day when the Easter good news waits, when the disciples thought all was lost, we are reminded that through believing we can anticipate the joy and triumph of tomorrow, and the ultimate victory of love over death.

God of quiet and waiting, God of love and nurturing, draw me nearer to You today. Be with me and bring me closer, to know You and see Your path for my life. Remind me that it is through believing – through worshipping and praising and praying – that my life grows in hope and peace and with the confidence of Your eternal love. Amen.

John 20:31

These are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

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