Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Welcome to Day 87 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
Judges 4:1 “Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, now that Ehud was dead. 2 So the LORD sold them into the hands of Jabin king of Canaan…”
This was one of the most confusing chapters I’ve read… so many characters to keep straight! Bottom line, yet again, Israel’s disobedience and failure to destroy the Canaanites has cost them dearly.
Deborah is the only female judge mentioned in the Bible. She led a successful counterattack against the forces of Jabin, king of Canaan and his military commander Sisera in chapter 4. Jael, the wife of Heber, a Kenite tent maker killed Sisera! (By driving a tent peg through his temple as he slept! Ouch!)
Deborah and Jael were two strong women!
Psalm 39:7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.”
Psalm 41 is a Psalm of David… penned while on his sickbed, he finds strength and hope in the Lord and in his promises and in his own personal experience with God.
1 Corinthians 13 is one of the great portions of scripture in the entire Bible. Read at nearly every wedding, this is the classic chapter regarding the importance of faith, hope and love. That without love we are nothing… no matter how gifted or prophetic we may be. We can give everything we have to the poor, but if we are not loving, it gains us nothing.
Someone has to step up to the plate. Israel had been subdued by the Canaanites for twenty years. The time had come for them to fight back. Judges 4:8, “Barak said to her [Deborah], “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.”
Amazing how we can draw strength from one another. Barak was taking TEN THOUSAND MEN with him, but Deborah, agreeing to go with him gave him the courage to fight this battle.
Deborah must have been an amazing leader, possessing great strength, wisdom and courage.
I am not one who thinks I have much to prove to anyone. At this point in my life I am fairly secure in who I am and to what I have been called. I can lead when called upon, and I am a pretty good follower, because I believe it’s important to model that as much as modeling good leadership.
I often draw on the strength of others. I believe in the wisdom of “the multitude of counselors.” I appreciate other leader’s perspective and insight. I gather information, think things through and attempt to make good decisions or implement strategies that make sense.
And I am pretty quick on my feet.
My spiritual gifts are wisdom, leadership, administration, pastor and prophetic. I am very comfortable operating in the gift mix the Lord has given me. I know I’m not Doug Roe or Marc Dupont. I’m not Jeremy Riddle or Chris Tomlin. I’m Scott Sliver. And I’m ok with that.
God has gifted each of us, as we read yesterday and today, differently, according to his will. We should rest in what God has called each one of us to (poor sentence structure, I know.) I need to recognize the gifts in those around me and allow them to function in their gifting, even drawing on that.
We are fortunate to have an amazing staff at the Vineyard. As well as a deep well of gifted ministry partners with whom we are serving alongside.
We all need each other. The church, the body of Christ, was not designed for us to operate independently, but interdependently. The hand, feet, eyes, etc, all functioning in concert.
Thank you Lord for the gifts you pour into our lives. Help us to walk in that gifting, “letting our light shine before men that they would see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.”