January 29, 2017 Exodus 1; Psalm 88; John 19:1-27

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These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

Fear | Joni Tyner

S~ Then the Pharaoh gave the order to all his people. “Throw every newborn Hebrew newborn boy into the Nile River.  But you may let the girls live.”  Exodus 1:22 (NLT)

O/A~ Pharaoh was worried that the Hebrews were out numbering the Egyptians and feared they could overthrow the government so he decided to kill all the baby boys by having them drown in the Nile River.

I was thinking about Moses’s mom as I read this.  Pregnant women seem to worry about lots of things, I’m sure this order completely immobilized her with fear. I wonder if perhaps she had experienced infertility? (Bible indicates Miriam, his sister was quite a bit older.)   I think it might be possible she went from being thrilled about her pregnancy to terrified that it might be a boy.

And then her worst fears came true and she delivered a baby boy.

But God.

God did allow scary things to happen in the lives of the Hebrew people—none of it made sense at the time and seemed to be going from bad to worse.  Yet God was preparing them for a beautiful journey that would take them to the promised land.  I should also add—Long Journey.   40 years long.  There was lots of refining and lessons learned in the desert for the Israelites, trusting God was a big one.  Trusting God when circumstances seem completely hopeless and prayers seem to bounce back unanswered.

P~ Dear Lord,  I get fearful sometimes that circumstances in my life seem bleak and not going the way I would like them to—please forgive me for sometimes being negative and feeling like You have forgotten me.  I know You are refining my heart and I pray that I learn from this season of waiting and looming fear.  Please help me see clearly Your Will and smash the evil one’s distractions and lies. Thank you for Your Word that shows me Your constant faithfulness.

You Hear Me | Kim Chipman

S~ Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. Psalm 88:1-2 (NIV)

O~ Luke 18:7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;

A~ Right now I have a few of my kids struggling with different things. It is comforting to remember that You are the God who saves me. I need to cry out to You day and night on their behalf. You will listen. Things may not go the way I want them to, but that doesn’t mean You aren’t listening. I know You hear, You are sovereign, You are just, and You are trustworthy.

P~ Thank You for being You. Help me be a great Mom. Give me the words to say as my kids struggle. Thank You for hearing my prayers and loving them even more than I do. I love You!

Pride Stinks | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ O Lord, I cry out to you.  I will keep on pleading day by day.  Psalm 88:13 (NLT)

O~ The psalmist continued to turn to God and ask for help, even though he felt rejected by God (verse 4: O Lord, why do you reject me?  Why do you turn your face away from me?)

A~ My pride would have me turn away from God if I felt rejected by him.  But I need God—always!  I need to be like this psalmist and stay before my God in prayer.

P~ Father, forgive me my pride, it does keep me from you, and I really do need you.  Help me to recognize when I’m letting pride keep me from you.

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