Sunday, September 9, 2012
Welcome to Day 252 of our Life Journal!
Click here for today’s reading: Lamentations 1; Lamentations 2; Obadiah 1; Revelation 14 (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
Lamentations 1:1, “How deserted lies the city, once so full of people! How like a widow is she, who once was great among the nations! She who was queen among the provinces has now become a slave.”
Lamentations 2:1, “How the Lord has covered the Daughter of Zion with the cloud of his anger! He has hurled down the splendor of Israel from heaven to earth.”
Nothing is known for certain about the author. Other OT references to men of this name do not appear to be referring to this prophet. His frequent mentions of Jerusalem, Judah, and Zion suggest that he belonged to the southern kingdom (cf. vv. 10–12,17,21). Obadiah was probably a contemporary of Elijah and Elisha.
The striking similarity between Obadiah 1–9 and Jeremiah 49:7–22 brings up the question: Who borrowed from whom? Assuming there was not a third common source, it appears that Jeremiah borrowed, where appropriate, from Obadiah, since the shared verses form one unit in Obadiah, while in Jeremiah they are scattered among other verses. www.gty.org
Obadiah 1:1, “The vision of Obadiah. This is what the Sovereign Lord says about Edom.”
Revelation 14:6, “Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. 7 He said in a loud voice,
“Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
12 “This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.”
Each day there is a decision I make concerning which to focus on, the destruction of Jerusalem and its captivity in Babylon or the events in Revelation. Yet there is a striking similarity between these two… a common denominator if you will… to trust the Lord in spite of the circumstances that are being faced.
The Lord I think is allowing me to see his overriding will, encapsulated in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I know we all struggle with “what is God’s will for my life??”
Well… there it is, simple and clear in black and white. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (Note that it says, “in” all circumstances, not “for” all circumstances.)
Regardless of what is going on around us…
And how about this for just a little more clarity on this topic, from the previous chapter, in 1 Thessalonians 4:11, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands just as we told you, 12 so that
your daily life may win the respect of outsiders.”
It seems that much of God’s will is HOW we live our lives, not so much is to be focused on where or what… meaning where we work, what should I do to serve the Lord, things like that.
Work hard at whatever you do. It honors God.
Find you place in serving the Body of Christ. Use the gifts God has given you.
And give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Seems pretty clear and straightforward to me…
Now we don’t have to struggle with what God’s will is for our lives any more!
Let’s move on…
(So glad I could put that to rest! 🙂
Thank you Lord that in the midst of all of our circumstances, good or bad, your desire is for us to give you thanks!