“She is more righteous than I.” – Genesis 38:26
On this first Sunday of the season of Lent, we hear our first cry for connection, the first of our many needs that can only be fulfilled by the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. We, as God’s people, have a longing desire to be noticed.
Pause for a moment right now and think of a time in your life you have felt invisible, ignored, or overlooked. Were you skipped over for a promotion at work? Did you walk into a room and even people you already knew failed to say “Hello”? Have you ever felt your hard work was not recognized?
Tamar knew what it was like to be ignored. Her first husband was wicked, so God killed him. Her second was evil as well, so he died too. Tamar was left alone – abandoned by everyone, even God – or so she may have thought. In fact, she felt so alone and unimportant that she resorted to some rather drastic and sinful measures in order to be known to her father-in-law Judah. Go and find out more about these events in Genesis 38:6-26.
However, God had not forgotten Tamar. In spite of her sneaky ways, she is listed in the genealogy of Jesus, an important part of God’s plan to bring salvation into the world. Though she may have never known it, she was an integral part of the greatest plan God had ever made.
The same is true for you. When no one else notices, God does. When you can’t see how your life matters, God still has a plan for you. Ultimately, his plan is to give you grace, forgiveness, and life eternal through the work of His Son Jesus on the cross. God wants you to live with him forever – he wants it so badly that he sacrificed his only Son, our Lord, Jesus.
You are not invisible. You are noticed. Jesus sees you. You are connected to him.
Prayer: Almighty God, your ways are higher than my ways and your thoughts higher than my thoughts. Help me to know your presence and your love. Amen.
– Contributed by Pastor Jarod Koenig
Read Genesis 38 (WARNING: R-rated material) and record any insights you gain here.
Call to Connection
Reflect on times when you felt invisible or rejected. Today, reach out to someone who may be feeling isolated and check on how they’re doing.