The many sources given to us each day of these Lenten devotions have always caused my mind to boggle, and so after reading each of them over I try to concentrate on two of their thoughts, which are beautiful verse or moral teachings that I can try to remember in my daily life.
None of us will be equally moved or uplifted by every word of them, but the minutes spent sampling each I find are not wasted. For instance, there is the drama of how Aaron struck the River Nile with his rod, causing the water to turn to blood to rebuke Pharoah. “Let my people go”, said he. (Not to mention what came next: a plague of frogs.) Then, who but Paul would have thought of comparing the Word of God to “The aroma of Christ,” He added, “We are not peddlers, like so many, of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, commissioned by God.”
The Bible can be contradictory (“For thy God am a jealous God”), but He is also merciful, as in Psalm 130: “If thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?”