Saturday, May 5, 2012
Welcome to Day 125 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 20; Psalm 20; Matthew 22 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)
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
It’s always difficult for me to list just the ONE verse or passage that jumped out at me when we are reading 4-5 chapters at a time. Especially within the New Testament that captures several situations when Jesus is teaching and healing the sick.
I usually (for the sake of those looking on) try to give a one line description of each chapter, even if I don’t do the Observation portion on that section. It helps me, when looking back, to recall what was happening in each chapter. When I did my Life Journal last year, I usually focused on just one, maybe two passages.
2 Samuel 10, “In the course of time, the king of the Ammonites died, and his son Hanun succeeded him as king. 2 David thought, “I will show kindness to Hanun son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent a delegation to express his sympathy to Hanun concerning his father.”
1 Chronicles 20 recounts a few of David’s wars…
Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but
we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
Matthew 22, the Pharisees and Sadducees are trying to trap Jesus.
v 29 “Jesus replied, (To the Sadducees, who said there is no resurrection…) “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”
v 37 “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
David continues to show his (potential) adversaries kindness, yet is misunderstood… or simply, they don’t trust him. He sends a delegation to express his sympathy, but they believe that he is spying on them!
I always take note of how Jesus handled the Pharisees, Sadducees and Teachers of the Law. The questions they asked and how he answered them.
There is nothing worse than being misunderstood. When a person reads something into what you said or did and they assign ill to your intentions.
I make my share of mistakes, as we all do… and I’m quick to own mine.
I am often in a place where I have to make a decision that will be off-putting to someone.
How we handle hearing the word, “No.” says a lot about us, doesn’t it?
For instance, who I select to lead worship on a weekend that I will be speaking… there is a lot of opportunity for jealousy or hurt feelings to occur. (Fortunately, we have very little of that!) I’m just using that as an example for obvious reasons…
Or when we have a guest worship leader in town, who gets to play in the band with them can be a similar situation to administer. Musician and artists… we can all be a little sensitive at times… and it’s ok for one to be disappointed. It’s how we handle that disappointment that matters.
Or, what about how I handle when Doug offers the weekend speaking to another staff person. Do I lash out? Emotionally withdraw? Shrug it off as though I didn’t care? Or offer genuine support to that person and come alongside them and help them to be at their best?
Jesus was always amazing at how he handled tough situations. He was always misunderstood, even accused.
Give me your heart, Lord… help me to walk through difficult situations with grace and compassion. To always put my trust in you, not in my own wisdom or ability…