Monday – 2 Samuel 15:25-26. Andy Stanley says in his book The Principle of the Path, “If David had learned anything in his years as a shepherd, fugitive, and king, it was this: God can be trusted but not manipulated. The light may have gone out on David’s future and his dreams, but not on his faith. Removing the ark from Jerusalem would be nothing more than an act of desperation, an effort to force God’s hand. Instead, David decided to accept whatever the future held as if it came directly from the hand of God.” How do we hold tight to our faith in the midst of failed dreams, expectations, and plans? How do we reason with a future that is different from what we thought it would be? What position in our lives does God take when we deal with the darker sides of life? David is a great example of not abandoning your faith regardless of the circumstance.
Tuesday – Genesis 37:5-11. Joseph has a dream that doesn’t make sense and, when he tells the family, they hate him for it. The future that is revealed to him makes no sense in the context of his life. And then, everything goes wrong. For years, Joseph lives as a slave, a prisoner, and a foreigner. No one would blame him for giving up on the God who was supposed to be watching over him. Joseph’s faith stayed strong. He trusted God through his life, not based on his circumstances. Despite the circumstances that occurred in Joseph’s life, his destination was one that he trusted into God’s hands. What are the areas in your life that you have the hardest time placing in God’s hands? What step can you take down the path of trusting God with some of these more difficult areas of your life?
Wednesday – 1 Peter 2:1-5. Read Reinhold Niebuhr’s The Serenity Prayer. “God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it, trusting that You will make all things right, if I surrender to your will, so that I may be reasonably happy in this life, and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.” Join us for Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 this evening, in the Sanctuary.
Thursday – Luke 22:39-46. Jesus knew that his time on this earth was about to end, and for him, that meant pain, humiliation, and death was close. We witness a vulnerable moment where Jesus acknowledges his future, and then accepts his path. He says, “Not my will, but yours be done. Jesus puts his life in God’s hands. Surely the man who could raise the dead had the ability to avoid his own death. The story isn’t about power, ability, or safety. It is a story filled with love, trust, and obedience. What is your story about?
Friday – Psalm 33:1-9. The Lord’s path is right and true. In the complicated mess of a world we live in, often the true path is hard to find or follow. The more we listen to the voice of God, the better we get at distinguishing God’s voice from all the others. Spend some time today looking over these verses in Psalms. Read this passage a couple of times, and as you do, listen.
Saturday – Proverbs 3:5-6. If a “top-10” list of Bible verses existed, this one would be on that list. Yet, it is much easier to say this verse than it is to put it into practice. What does it look like to truly “trust in the Lord”? More importantly, how do we trust him when our understanding fails? When we cannot logically put the pieces together to answer the question “Why?”, do we trust God enough to give up our right to have a reason? Spend some time speaking your questions, disappointments, and doubts to God. What are the things you don’t understand? Tell those to God.
Posted on Sun, February 26, 2017
by Cheryl Sherrick