We are guilty. We deserve God’s judgment. But even despite all off our waywardness, God does not truly give us the justice we deserve, for justice would be our destruction. He gives us mercy. As we reflect on our beautiful Savior today Who gave His life on our behalf, may God heal our land of sin that ravages us more than COVID-19.
It’s been 100 days in the Bible Reading Plan, y’all! No matter how many days it has been for you, it does not have to look perfect! We have been in God’s word together! Thank you for being here!
Do you feel insignificant and weak to carry out the work of God in your life? The good news is that God will complete the work He began in you. And God chooses the weak things to bring Himself glory. And while we wait for God’s purposes to be worked out in our lives, we work alongside Jesus and trust in His timing and His plans, not ours.
Do you struggle to know what your calling is in this life? Sometimes we might think it is supposed to look different than it does. But sometimes the calling of God is simpler than that. Faithfulness in the daily duties of life. And sometimes our going to do the work of God will be super hard. Don’t let people validate or invalidate the work of God in your life. Don’t let YOUR expectations or excuses be stumbling blocks that prevent you from doing God’s work, either. God will accomplish His perfect will in and through us as we participate with Him in the purpose we were created for—glorifying Him!
Are y’all feelin’ the love? Now that many of us are at home together, we have an opportunity to love one another selflessly. Love is not rude or unkind and yet in the natural, our flesh is. But in Christ we can walk in the Spirit and love one another unselfishly. Let’s love and cherish the gift of others in our lives in such a way that they can see Christ in us! We are the hands and feet of Jesus and He has called us to love well.
We all make mistakes, but those mistakes don’t have to define us. We can learn from them. After all, none of us can perfectly follow rules and we were not made for rules or religion. Christ set us free from mere outward obedience. Rules aren’t the problem. Sin is. We could never be enough, but we are displays of Christ’s grace. Jesus isn’t into fads—He’s into faithfulness. God wants our hearts to be changed, not just the outside.
In today’s Bible reading time, we learned some more lessons from Job.
When we don’t understand why things happen in this life, we need to question ourselves rather than a perfect, holy God. Just because we think something does not make it true and our understanding is limited. Fearing a god made in our own image will not deliver us. But fearing the one true God gives us wisdom and salvation.
Can we thank God and trust in Him at ALL times? A problem-free life should not be our goal, but glorifying and fearing God through it all. The fear of the LORD helps us to stay on track so we don’t waste our lives. And maybe even in the hard places we encounter God in a way we never would have if life had no struggles.
Influence is all around us. Our society pumps a message about self and the pursuit of pleasure, and even our own hearts can influence us toward evil. Which influence will we listen to and how will we influence others? God has called us to influence others around us with His word but sometimes we are influenced, instead. We are not called to popularity or success but called to faithfulness.
We’ve got issues, y’all. But God’s people have always had issues. This is why we need to be saved. But following God cannot be done our way. We need to follow His way. Let’s not sugar coat our sin, we remain in deception if we do not give our sin its worst name. We need to examine ourselves and repent. And when we call out to God for help, God help us to walk in His ways and not our own.
God never said life would be easy. But He did promise to go with us. We believe God yet worry how man will receive us. Jesus simply said, “go”. We tend to be man-centered and wonder why our calling is hard. Moses did, too. But God is sovereign over it all and using everything we go through to grow us and make us more like Him. God is far more concerned with our character than our comfort.