Thursday, April 19, 2012
Welcome to Day 109 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
1 Samuel 22:18, “The king then ordered Doeg, “You turn and strike down the priests.” So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.”
Psalm 17, a psalm of refuge. v 7 “Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.”
Psalm 35, a psalm of lament as David’s life is threatened… v 17 “How long, Lord, will you look on? Rescue me from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.”
Matthew 6 covers giving to the needy, prayer, fasting, storing up treasures in heaven, and not worrying.
The Lord’s Prayer v 9
“This, then, is how you should pray…
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts [trespasses], as we forgive our debtors [those who trespass against us]. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)
Saul continues his downward spiral… the pinnacle of his desperation being having 85 priests killed in retaliation for only one of them helping David. Sad… David has gone into hiding. This is quite a story…
David puts his pain to good use by penning some great psalms along the way, very honestly pouring out his heart to God, lamenting his situation, finding refuge in the Lord, and expressing his thanksgiving for God’s protection and care.
I have always used the Psalms as a model for being honest with God. (Often as I’m driving…) Simply telling him where I’m at emotionally, spiritually… He already knows… might as well be honest.
But to say, “I’m really angry or hurt by this person,” or “This situation is putting a knot in my stomach” and then to not deal with it, is not trusting God, it’s letting a situation fester. Jesus said, “If your brother has something against you, go to him.” Shouldn’t it be the other way around?? Why do I have to go to HIM?
Jesus said I should. Doesn’t say exactly when… but it does say before I give my offering. Maybe not literally, but more figuratively, “Do it soon.” Paul said “Don’t let the sun go down on your wrath.”
Point taken. Deal with stuff… I get it.
But life is not that simple, is it… Some situations can’t be fixed. Abuse is often left unreported. Hurts that are decades old, that have never been dealt with probably won’t be fixed in one meeting or by sending one greeting card. And it can only be “fixed” if both parties are willing.
The point is, often times when I am pouring out my heart to God about something, he’ll give me an assignment (I just know in my heart) and I have some work to do. More often than not, it’s not fun. Often times difficult and with no resolve.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t try. I keep in mind that “obedience is better than sacrifice” right? So my obedience to working on stuff is more important than my offering. I think that’s why Jesus said to go work things out (as best as we can) THEN give our offering.
The problem is, sometimes I like things the way they are. They don’t talk to me. I don’t talk to them. They don’t seem to care, and neither do I. I don’t want to work on it, or go to them. Let sleeping dogs lie, right?
Lord, help me to deal with the things in my heart that require attention. To not just let sleeping dogs lie… But to take your word to heart and work things out. To keep short accounts. To be quick to forgive.