S: “2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands.” http://bible.us/Ps115.2.NIV
O: I’m just going to be transparent here, but as a weak and/or uneducated believer, I used to ask questions such as, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”, “How could God let this happen?” and/or, “Where was God in all of this?”. While I still feel like a toddler in my faith, I am so relieved to finally have comprehension and understanding with these questions but more importantly, sympathy and ice-breakers when I hear others asking these same questions.
A: I have to constantly remind myself that God is going to do what He’s going to do, not what I or someone else wants to happen. And with that, we need to take comfort that He is in control (thankfully) and His will is always going to lead to good things.
P: Father God, thank you for everything that you do for us and everything that you don’t do for us. Please continue to have YOUR way, to do YOUR will for what is YOUR desire.
Day 137 of the 1 Year Bible SOAP:
S: “1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” http://bible.us/John9.1.NIV
O: My how things have not changed…so often does man blame God in some karmic fashion for the tragic things that befall us.
A: I used to think this way, in this “God’s gonna get you (or him or them)” when I see bad behavior but when you think about it, if this were true, you wouldn’t even be reading this for we cannot do anything that is so pleasing to God that it will save us on our own.
P: Father God, I praise you for the trials, for the things that you use in this world, through us to glorify you and bring people closer to you. Please have your way with me, let your will be done so that your kingdom will flourish!
Day 136 of the 1 Year Bible SOAP:
S: “Death and Destruction lie open before the lord— how much more do human hearts!” – http://bible.us/Prov15.11.NIV
O: I remember being a child and feeling so ashamed after I lied or did something bad. I would often hide in my closet or under my bed, thinking God couldn’t see me. I laugh thinking about it now, but I know I’ve lived a long time thinking that, if I can put on a good “mask” on the outside and not reveal what I’m really thinking…what I really want to say or what I really want to do, then no one would know these thoughts. Pretty foolish when I look back at this verse and know that the most important person knows my thoughts.
A: I have often prayed for a “heart transplant”. Not a physical one, but for God to come into my heart and blast it clean, give me a new one, do whatever He can to illuminate every crack and crevice where darkness may be hiding in my heart. Knowing that our thoughts, acts and words flow from the heart has allowed me to examine my reactions and work on fixing the source of my thoughts through prayer and obedience so that the end result shines through.
P: Lord, come into my heart today, shine through with your glory, your grace and your mercy like a mighty lighthouse. Leave no space hidden, no shadows and no dark corners. I want your light to shine out of my heart so that it affects everything I say and do today. Please use me as your vessel to spread Your word and to help draw others to you.
My pastor turned me on to SOAP, no, not the kind you put on the outside of your body…this is more for cleaning the inside of you! Read the link above if you’d like more information on it, here’s my use of it below. I’m looking forward to trying this out on a frequent basis, let me know if you use it or have any feedback!
Day 134 of the 1 Year Bible SOAP:
S: “But I did obey the lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. http://bible.us/1Sam15.20.NIV
O: Sometimes I think that the things I’m doing, the way I’m worshipping, the way I’m spreading His word, the way I’m acting and/or the way I’m appearing to others is pleasing to the Lord. But what this verse tells me is that there is nothing more important that obeying. In the end, Facebook statuses, Twitter updates, involvement with this or that group/event, circles of friends, etc. is not going to matter. What will matter is, did I follow God’s commands with full obedience?
A: I need to be careful and reflect on the things I say & do and ask myself if this is obeying God’s word or am I doing what I think would be pleasing to God?
P: Lord, help give me the obedience and wisdom to do what is right and to silence my old ways of understanding what is pleasing to you.