Friday, March 30, 2012
Welcome to Day 89 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 8, Gideon finished off the Midianites, declines ruling over Israel… then foolishly sets up an ephod for his people to worship. (Following in his father’s footsteps in the sin of idolatry.) He dies at the end of the chapter.
Amazing the courage with which he fought… btw. Going from hiding in a winepress to killing men on the battlefield, straight up.
Psalm 42, One of my favorite Psalms… A great Psalm to read when one is down. The Psalmist reminds himself to put his hope in God. Questions why his soul is downcast…
v 11 “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”
1 Corinthians 15:12 “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless… and so is your faith.” (Emphasis is mine.)
v 58, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always
give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Very few people life a flawless life of faith. It’s usually a mixture of triumphs and tragedies. Gideon went from hiding to leading a victory over the Midianite army… He makes a great statement when declining the offer to lead Israel, Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you.”
And then he set up an ephod to worship. Sad… Seriously makes me scratch my head.
There but for the grace of God go I.
I am reminded almost daily of the marathon we run as believers. Easy to run all out for a hundred meters… not so easy to run the distance, day after day after day after day…
I wonder what idols could become a snare to me… to my family?
As Paul said, “Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord.”
I need your strength to run this race over the long haul… Give me wisdom to avoid idols that could be a snare. To always give myself fully to your work.