“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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More Than Anything |Kim Chipman
S~ The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Numbers 21:7 (NIV)
O~ The Israelites are impatient about the journey and whining (again). v5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them…
They weren’t very repentant it doesn’t seem. They just wanted the snakes to go away. They weren’t being faithful or obedient and forgot all that God had done for them.
A~ I wish I were different, but often I am not. I pray way more for circumstances than for Your presence or the condition of my heart. I can quickly become a whiney Israelite. It’s so easy to see how ridiculous that is in the Israelites, but harder to identify within my own heart. This reminds me of a song that’s popular right now – which is my prayer today.
P~ Help me want the Healer
More than the healing
Help me want the Savior
More than the saving
Help me want the Giver
More than the giving
Oh help me want You Jesus
More than anything
Trying to Make Sense of It All | Kimi Miller
S~ They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, since he was the chief speaker. Acts 14:12 (NLT)
O~ Because of the miracle performed, the people responded with what they knew – trying to make sense of it all.
A~ We are always trying to figure You out – to make sense of Your ways. But our carnal minds are too small. Your ways are not our ways, nor are Your thoughts like ours. They are much higher.
We cannot always make sense of what You are doing – certainly not without help from Your Spirit and Word. We are trying to make earthly sense out of spiritual things. You move the natural to reveal the supernatural. Most times we cannot explain it – we can only accept it. This is trust. We must trust You. I must trust You.
Trust means to let go of control and to be confident in You – to be absolutely certain that You’ve got this – and there’s nothing more I need to do – unless You tell me to. It means that I am absolutely certain that You are trustworthy. It means that I believe You have the best of intentions towards me and for me.
“In God we trust.” Very few of us even see these words anymore, because of our digital transfer of funds. And yet, it’s still printed on the American dollar. But how many of us see that reminder? How many of us know that it all comes from You? It saddens my heart to think future generations will grow up thinking it’s money that makes the world go ’round.
This gives the illusion that man is in control. That prosperity and stability come from his own hand. So we try to make sense of what happens in the world by making it “fit” into what we “know.”
But peace comes in trusting You. It comes in believing You’ve already made sense of all of it, and You know what is best. Peace comes in knowing You love me, and You are taking care of me, so I can release control and the need to “figure it all out,” because You already have. That’s why You sent Jesus – to give me the life You dreamed for me.
P~ Thank You, Lord. I love you. Amen
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