Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Welcome to Day 129 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
2 Samuel 17, Absalom is now flexing his authority (self-perceived) and is ready to attack David’s army…
This is not going to end well for Absalom.
v 18 “During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as
a monument to himself,
for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.”
Psalm 71:17 “Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come.”
Matthew 26:63, “The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66 What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered. 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him 68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?”
v 74 “I don’t know the man!” (Peter)
It’s amazing how jealousy, hurt or fear can cause people to do the strangest things…
Absalom going to war against his own father.
The High Priest and all the people around him deciding to crucify Jesus.
Peter denying that he even knew Jesus.
If the purpose of Application is to apply the verses to our lives, the question I have to ask myself today is, “What have I done out of jealousy, hurt or fear?” What decisions have I made? What might I have said or done to someone else?
Often times when we are hurt the two default behaviors are lash out or distance myself rather than working through a situation. Obviously distancing myself avoids confrontation, at least for a while, and gives the illusion of relationship or even friendship. Lashing out is unhealthy… and it can be done under the guise of “I’m just being honest!” (“Speaking the truth in love…”)
Instead, it’s easier to run off and build a monument to myself. To my own hurt or fear… and believe in my own mind that I am the one who is justified in my actions.
Better to talk through situations, to seek first to understand, then to be understood… To walk in humility.
Note to self: Building a monument to one’s self is never a good idea…
Lord, help me to rid myself of any jealousy, hurt or fear in my life. To walk in humility before others and you… telling the next generation and those around me of your mighty acts!