“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. 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.
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Why? | Deanna George
S~ When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we donʼt know what has happened to him.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” Exodus 32:1-4 (NIV)
O~ Why did Aaron make gods for the Israelites? How did he forget all that God had done and said to this point? Was he really just a voice for Moses and not pay attention to what God was doing? Aaron was definitely a follower.
A~ Am I a follower or a leader? Do I bow to suggestions? Am I both a follower and a leader? I sure think I need to figure this out, so I don’t end up like Aaron and let the situation get out of control when I know better. I know there are times when I feel like a leader and times when I feel like following. BUT what role does God want me to play in each and every circumstance? Did Aaron seek God before he decided to make an idol? No. Do I jump into situations before I seek God? Yes! My mouth answers before I think sometimes. It doesn’t mean it was wrong. It just means that I didn’t give God the opportunity to use me the way he wanted to use me. Sometimes I do get myself in trouble. Sometimes I get in the way. Why? I don’t stop and think. I don’t seek God. I “know” I can handle it. I think it will be perceived as a good thing by others. I think that people will like me more than a surface friend. What do all these have in common? “I” Am I the only one on this journey? No, God is with me. I am a follower of him. He is my leader. When he tells me to lead – I need to lead! When he tells me to follow – I need to follow!
P~ Lord Jesus, I need help with this. I need guidance, patience, and discernment. My heart wants so badly to be in sync with your will and desire for me. I just get caught up in my day-to-day and allow circumstances to control my day instead of you being in control. You are always faithful ~ I am not. You are always there ~ I am not. You always reveal yourself to me ~ I can and do take it for granted at times. You always find a way to fill me with joy ~ even when I fight so hard sometimes. Thank you for being consistent. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for making me feel valued and worthy of your love. Thank you for being my leader. Thank you for giving me the skills to lead when you call me to lead. Thank you for giving me the desire to shut my mouth when I am to follow. Thank you Lord for being you!! Help me to avoid having to answer “why” because I chose to follow when I was supposed to lead and when I chose to lead when I was to follow.
More Of You | Kim Chipman
S~ But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. Matthew 15:18 (NIV)
O~ Jesus is teaching about what makes a person unclean/impure. He is clearly more concerned about the heart than externals.
A~ So what comes out of my mouth? Is it an overflow of Your love and grace? Or is it an overflow of my selfishness and pride? What is dominating my heart?
P~ Lord, help me to focus and fill my heart with You. I love You
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