Thursday, March 22, 2012
Welcome to Day 81 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
Joshua 12:7, “Here is a list of the kings of the land that Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the west side of the Jordan… 24 thirty-one kings in all.”
Joshua 13:1, “When Joshua had grown old, the LORD said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.”
Joshua 14:10, “Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So…
Here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.”
1 Corinthians 7:3, “The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other…”
“To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.”
Sometimes the Lord gives us a task that lasts a lifetime, such as Joshua finishing the job of taking the land the Lord had promised. Other times, we do something that has lifelong effect… Such as Rahab hiding the spies. Her one act is a tribute to an otherwise questionable lifestyle (a prostitute.)
I love that Joshua was 85 years old but wasn’t finished yet. He claimed he was still as vigorous and capable as ever to fight! How cool is that?
The verses in 1 Corinthians 7 Paul gives his take on singleness and marriage and our responsibilities toward our spouse.
Bottom line is sex was never meant to be used as a weapon or a reward, or outside of marriage. The Bible clearly states that we do not have authority over our own bodies. Our spouse does. (Within reason, of course…)
Makes me think of Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
It’s easy to apply this, “out there” when interacting with the people around us, the folks at church or work, or the people we are serving while out in the community, but this verse (like most) is best applied to the people closest to us. Makes me think of “Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church, a love marked by giving, not getting.”
Paul look at marriage as a distraction to the work he had been called to. He comes very close to putting his own personal belief on those around him. He made provision for marriage, but said one would do better to not marry.
At this point in my life, I could work 24/7. I can relate to Joshua… there is still much land to be taken. I am still excited and vibrant and capable of doing the task to which I have been called. Sometimes my family pays a price for my task. I’m off to war… tired when I return. At times, it takes a toll on me. I can be thinking about the next campaign… focused on what’s out there, versus what is needed at home.
2 Corinthians 11:28, “Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.”
The flip side is I work hard at not working so hard. To take time off. To spend time with family and friend. To be fully present when I’m with someone. There are those who actually think I work 24/7. I don’t. But I could very easily. Last night Bonnie and I went to Red Lobster for dinner. Just the two of us…
They say, “Do what you love and you never work a day in your life.” That’s true for me… most of the time. : )
Thank you Lord for giving me the strength to do the things you have called me to!