Friday, March 16, 2012
Welcome to Day 75 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
Deuteronomy 30:19 “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
v 11, “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.”
Deuteronomy 31:24 “After Moses finished writing in a book the words of this law from beginning to end, 25 he gave this command to the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD: 26 “Take this Book of the Law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. There it will remain as a witness against you. 27 For I know how rebellious and stiff-necked you are. If you have been rebellious against the LORD while I am still alive and with you, how much more will you rebel after I die! 28 Assemble before me all the elders of your tribes and all your officials, so that I can speak these words in their hearing and call the heavens and the earth to testify against them. 29 For I know that after my death you are sure to become utterly corrupt and to turn from the way I have commanded you. In days to come, disaster will fall on you because you will do evil in the sight of the LORD and arouse his anger by what your hands have made.”
1 Corinthians 1:4 “I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
“I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
There is quite a contrast between Moses’ proclamation to the Israelites and Paul’s proclamation to the believers in Corinth. Even though God had spoken to Moses and told him that the Israelites would turn away from him and worship other gods…
God already knew the outcome…
Did you catch this one? God promised Joshua that “I will never leave you, I will never forsake you.” in v 8. But in v 17, “And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them…”
Hmmm… How does that work? God knew that Joshua would be faithful to him. He had already demonstrated that… Keep in mind Joshua and Caleb were the only ones of the generation of age 20 and older to cross the Jordan. So, God could make that promise to him…
All through these recent chapters we see conditional statements… “If… then…” If you do this, I’ll do that. But if you do THIS, I’ll do THAT…”
Is God’s faithfulness dependent upon my faithfulness? No.
Is God’s blessing upon my life dependent upon my faithfulness? Yes and no.
2 Timothy 2:11, “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13
if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
Have to keep in mind that none of us are perfectly faithful… If God’s faithfulness depended upon our faithfulness, we would all be in big trouble. None of us would stand a chance.
So, yes, it’s clear that God’s blessing has some conditions… but in the end, he is faithful.
Lord I want to be found faithful to you… Thank you that you are faithful to me. You ARE faithful!