Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Welcome to Day 17 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
Genesis 42-43 Captures the fulfillment of Joseph’s dream from earlier in Genesis 37. Their father, Jacob, sends them to Egypt to buy grain. When face to face with Joseph after years had passed, Joseph messes with them a bit… Asks about their dad and if they had any other brothers… “21 They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.” 22 Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.” 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.”
Sounds like their guilt has finally caught up with them. Now they have to bring back Benjamin, Joseph’s brother from the same mother. He continues messing with them and testing their honesty by putting their silver back in their sacks for them to find it when they are returning home.
(I can’t believe the reading for today stops here! I already know how it plays out, but I don’t want to stop!)
Psalm 5, 4 “For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. 5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; 6 You destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest. v 12 Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
Luke 17, If someone sins against you seven times, forgive them, faith of mustard seed, Jesus reminds the Pharisees about Lot and how sudden destruction came upon them. This is how it will be when the Son of Man comes…
But what stood out to me in Luke 17:11-18 was when Jesus healed the ten lepers, yet only ONE came back praising God and to thank Jesus.
First observation is God’s faithfulness to His promises… To Joseph and his dreams that are now fulfilled after many, many years. Including years sitting in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
Second observation is how ungrateful we can be… Ten are healed, one returns to say thank you.
If only one is going to return, I want to be that one. I want to be the one who returns praising God and falling at Jesus’ feet. I want to hear, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (v 19.)
Lord, help me to always have a grateful heart. That I would always remember to stop and say “Thank you.” To praise you as the leper did and thank You for all You have done. That I would hear those words, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” May I always be faithful in my duties as was Joseph.