May 27, 2018 1 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 8; Psalm 57, 58; 2 Corinthians 9

“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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Let God be the Judge | Kelley Deases

S~ May the Lord judge between you and me. 1 Samuel 24:12a (NIV)

O~ Just prior to speaking these words, David had a prime opportunity before him.  King Saul, who by now was half mad from jealousy and paranoia and had made multiple attempts on young David’s life, had entered a cave where David and his men were entrenched.  David not only had the chance, but was encouraged by his men, to kill Saul right then and there. But he didn’t.  He confronted his once-mentor, now-tormentor, with these words: “May the Lord judge between you and me.”  David was content to leave his very life in God’s hands and not try to manipulate the outcome.

A~ On the day I am writing this, I am waiting.  Waiting to find out whether I will be offered a job I interviewed for last week.  As much as I fall into the trap of sizing up the competition, analyzing (and re-analyzing) my written and oral responses, and trying to imagine my future in this position, I always come back to this: God is sovereign over this …and my whole life.  He knows who will be chosen and will continue to have His hand upon my life whether in this capacity or not.

P~ Father, In my heart I desire to fully submit to Your perfect will and let You be the judge between the candidates for this job.  You want what’s best for Your people and I can put my ultimate trust in Your perfect plan.

Glory to God | Kimi Miller

S~ As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 2 Corinthians 9:13 (NLT)

O~ Paul is writing to the church in Corinth – reminding them of their original desire to give for the sake of the Gospel; encouraging them to think/give beyond themselves.

A~ People ask me how I’m doing – how I’m “healing” – since I left my role as the pastor of women’s ministry three months ago. I want to be honest in my response, and most days I’m doing well. But on my hardest days, I feel like a failure. That’s the lie that keeps knocking at my door. Some days I’m strong enough to ignore the knocking, but there are days where I invite the lie in and we share a cup of coffee. Those moments are like a double whammy – I feel like a failure because the lie tells me I am, and then I feel like a bigger failure for listening to the lie. 

But today’s Scripture reminds me of Your Truth. You called, and I answered. I served with an obedient heart as best I could. In Your faithfulness You brought amazing women around to help me. And women were blessed because of it – because of YOU! We gave – and will continue to give – glory to You! I will sing Your praises. Not because of what You did through me, but simply because of what You did. To You be the glory, my God and my King. I will praise Your name forever.

P~ Thank you, Jesus. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of an incredible ministry that set women free; a ministry that invited them to be fully alive in You. I love you, more and more each day.

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