Day 8 (Starting Week #2!)
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Welcome to Day 8 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Your journal doesn’t have to be a rigid outline… S.O.A.P. is meant to be a format… a structure that helps us think things through. If you simply focus on a verse that seemed significant to you and comment on it, that comment would be your observation. Then, ask, “How does this apply to my life? What does it mean to me? Then pray around that.
I am by nature pretty detailed… and there’s always a lot that jumps out at me in the scriptures. Again, I am trying to make this MY journal that is simply online. I’m not trying to teach (although I have made a few teaching comments along the way.)
I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am!
Genesis 20, right off the bat I noticed that Abraham and Sarah AGAIN pretended that Sarah was his sister as they did in Egypt! Hard for me to understand why Sarah would go along with this… God didn’t allow anything to happen. As it turns out, Sarah really is Abraham’s half sister (Genesis 20:12). Abraham said to Sarah, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.” They must have really feared for their lives… doesn’t seem like trusting God to me though… justsayin
Genesis 21:8-20 is both very sad and very inspiring. Hagar and Ishmael are sent out into the desert… She is sobbing thinking they are going to die, but God heard Ismael crying, again God spoke to Hagar and reassured her that He would make Ismael into a great nation! Then she saw a well… wonder if it was already there? Says, “God opened her eyes and she saw a well.”
vs 34 “And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.” Uh, oh… Philistines. Perhaps Abraham should have NOT stayed there for a long time?
22:2 “Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” Obviously Isaac wasn’t his ONLY son… He was the son of promise, but Ismael was no less his son! This really makes me wonder…
Even though God had told Abraham that he wanted him to sacrifice his son, Abraham said, “We will worship and then we will come back to you” and “God will himself provide the lamb for the sacrifice.” Imagine Isaac carrying the wood (unknowingly) on which he was about to be sacrificed. One has to wonder what Isaac’s reaction was. He wasn’t a small child! It says Abraham bound him up. Was Isaac yelling? I can only imagine him freaking out at what his father was about to do to him!
Luke 8, the parable of the sower and the seed… and Jesus calms the storm, the woman who touched Jesus and was healed…
Jesus mother and brothers… Family goes beyond blood…
(My overall observation is I could do a SOAP for every passage! Especially in Luke!)
Jesus calmed the storm, set a demon-posessed man free… the sower and the seed…
How often is there a well nearby and I don’t see it? Hagar was so upset (sobbing) that she didn’t notice the well that was right there.
The story of Isaac and Abraham is an amazing story of faith and promise… Hard to imagine being willing to sacrifice my only son… Yet that’s what God asked Abraham to do. And that’s what God himself did… with Jesus. Jesus was himself the lamb for the sacrifice that God provided for each of us.
(Today if I heard about this, I would be required to call Children’s Services!)
I need God to open my eyes… and to trust that we will provide whatever I need. To have a soft heart (good soil) so that I can be fruitful.
Lord, I think You that You keep Your promises. That I would be willing to sacrifice everything to follow You and to be obedient to You. Help me to see the wells that are nearby that I may not be able to see (through my sobbing).
Help me to not allow weeds to choke out what You are doing in my life… That I would be fruitful… That I would always have ears to hear.