If you grew up in a Southern Baptist church like I did or in another evangelical denomination, you may not have heard of the lectionary. I started to learn a little bit about it when I received this devotional guide while in college.
Then I connected with Connie Denninger (through Pinterest) who belongs to the Lutheran church. She has a faith art ministry and includes resources for churches who follow the lectionary.
A lectionary is a collection of readings or selections from the Scriptures, arranged and intended for proclamation during the worship of the people of God. Lectionaries were known and used in the fourth century, where major churches arranged the Scripture readings according to a schedule which follows the calendar of the church’s year. This practice of assigning particular readings to each Sunday and festival has continued through the history of the Christian Church. (Consultation on Common Texts)
All of this and more have fueled my use of the lectionary texts for my weekly study and bible art journaling. I enjoy listening to some podcasts that provide insight and commentary on the weekly texts.
I’ll plan to add just a bit of commentary each week about the passages and/or my verse selections.
This week’s texts (for Sunday, October 6, 2019) all provide assurance of holding on to faith in the midst of difficult circumstances.
“The righteous live by their faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4b)
The verse from Habakkuk comes in the midst of a wrestling with hard questions. He was probably prophesying between the time of Babylon’s capture of Nineveh and the Assyrian Empire and the capture of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. “The righteous live by their faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4b)
This brief statement from the prophet Habakkuk is one of the most important, and most quoted Old Testament statements in the New Testament. Paul used it to show that the just live by faith, not by law. Being under the law isn’t the way to be found just before God, only living by faith is.
Trust in the Lord and do good. (Psalm 37:3)
This Psalm provides assurance that God is in control and the wicked will not always prosper.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5)
For context, the request comes on the heels of Jesus’ instruction to forgive no matter how many times it is needed. Jesus’ illustration of the mustard seed and the servant remind the disciples and us that faith does not have to expressed in some extraordinary manner, but simply by following Jesus’ example day to day. Faith must not be turned into a work we must do. It still depends on God and not ourselves.
Guard the treasure that has been entrusted to you. (2 Timothy 1:14)
In this verse, Paul speaks of Timothy’s faith as a treasure to be guarded and used well. Timothy learned from his grandmother, mother, and Paul. Whether we are a first generation believer or have a long family history, we are called to live and speak boldly in the faith and love that are in Jesus Christ.
My hymn selection for the week is Great Is Thy Faithfulness.
1 Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
2 Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.
3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
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