He Chose the Nails

I am in a season where I am reading lots of things at the same time. This should be a familiar place for many people in ministry. I find myself in this situation very often during the season of Lent. I equate spiritual reading with spiritual growth. Sorry that the blog might feel like a book club this week, but all of this reading has been so good for my soul. Sharing is also caring. I share these things with you, because I care about you.

During Lent, our Saints Alive group has focused on a book by Max Lucado called “He Chose the Nails.” Pastor Patty Daniels started the series, and I am getting the opportunity to finish out the series as we approach Easter. Max Lucado is one of those people that I used to read a lot, but I have not read much of Max’s writing in the last several years. Reading “He Chose the Nails” feels like meeting up with an old friend again.

In this book, Max observes that the last moments leading up to Jesus’ death were not left up to chance. God chose the path, and He selected the nails. Our Lord planted the trio of crosses and painted the sign. God was never more sovereign than in the details of the death of his Son. And in those details are gifts Christ provided for us… the cross, the thorns, the nails, His seamless robe, and the empty tomb.

Is your heart unsettled by the chaos of the world? Are you heavy-laden with bad moments, mad moments, or anxious moments? Today, rest in God’s self-giving love and leave all your troubles at the foot of the cross.  

If you are looking for something to read and tune your soul more towards Jesus for Holy Week (which is next week), I would recommend “He Chose the Nails” by Max Lucado.

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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