Friday, March 9, 2012
Welcome to Day 68 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
Deuternonomy 10, Moses exhorts the people to follow the Lord. He reminds them of all that God has done for them… He reminds them of the tablets and the Ark, their disobedience and God’s faithfulness in contrast.
“Love the LORD your God and keep his requirements…
his decrees, his laws and his commands always. 2 Remember today that your children were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the LORD your God: his majesty, his mighty hand, his outstretched arm; 3 the signs he performed and the things he did in the heart of Egypt, both to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his whole country; what he did to the Egyptian army, to its horses and chariots, how he overwhelmed them with the waters of the Red Sea as they were pursuing you, and how the LORD brought lasting ruin on them. 5 It was not your children who saw what he did for you in the wilderness until you arrived at this place, 6 and what he did to Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab the Reubenite, when the earth opened its mouth right in the middle of all Israel and swallowed them up with their households, their tents and every living thing that belonged to them. 7
But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the LORD has done.”
It’s easy to read the Bible as though these were just stories… But in actuality, these are historical records, of actual events that took place. The adults saw with their own eyes the parting of the Red Sea, when the earth opened up and swallowed up those who had been disobedient. They saw the plagues and the Presence of God in the pillar of fire and cloud. They gathered the manna every morning…
Not their kids. It was their job to pass these things along to their kids.
God told them NOT TO FORGET all that he had done for them… and to talk about them with their kids… morning, noon and night.
Being a Christian is more than some moral code of ethics that we live by. It’s how God wants us to live. He is THE God. He is not A god… He is the great and awesome God. The creator of heaven and earth, showing love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey him!
It’s my job to pass my faith on to my children. And for them to pass it on to their children. They may have not seen God’s mighty works, but I have. They may not believe it, but I do. I know that I know that I know.
Thank you Lord for who you are! For being the Almighty! The one true God… Lord over all. Thank you for using broken, hurting people for your purposes! There is a great prayer in Habakuk 3:2…
“LORD, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.”