Reflections for 3/13/16

Read Psalm 46

There were two kinds of people in the Egypt when the plagues happened.  One was the Egyptians, who believed the world was falling apart around them and dissolving into chaos. The other was the Israelites.  They were looking at the world remembering God’s promises to his people so far— remember Noah and Abraham?— and instead of seeing chaos they could know that God was working.  They trusted He was all-powerful. Because they knew God was on their side, “their refuge and strength” they had nothing to fear.  This passage is a good reminder of that fact.  God’s strength and power is constant.  He does not dole it out in little bits, instead, everything that happens is a direct result of his sustaining power.  And when something bad happens, we can know that he is still there, as strong as ever, fighting for the good of those he has made promises to.

Questions for Reflection: Do you ever feel surrounded by chaos? Do you think God can work in those circumstances?

Read Romans 8:31-39

In a world that feels like it is falling apart and dissolving into chaos, this passage is a balm and a lifeboat.  The Israelites knew God was their refuge and deliverer, even though God had allowed them to be enslaved in Egypt.  In the same way, we need to cling to this truth as well.  In this passage, we have a response to the world: no matter what happens, God is in control.  Nothing stays put or moves unless God allows it to do so.  And God’s promise to Christians is so strong, that there is a whole list of things that cannot separate us from the love of God!  Reflect on that list.  And remember that in a world that feels increasingly fueled by fear and anger Christians should be the opposite.  We should marked and defined by a complete lack of fear.

Questions for Reflection: What are you afraid of?  Pray to God and ask for confidence in Him instead.

Reflections by Wayne and Amy Giacalone

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