Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the message preached the previous Sunday. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Jeremiah 17:5-10
This passage shows a clear contrast between those who trust in the Lord, and those who turn away from Him. Those who turn away are doomed to a place of death. They are compared to a bush in the desert with no hope of finding the nourishment they need. But those who trust in the Lord are compared to a thriving tree with roots planted firmly near the water. We should strive to be like the tree who bears fruit firmly planted by the living water. The last two verses here tell us that the Lord alone knows our hearts and minds. This is both comforting and a little bit scary. We can never fool God into thinking we are good Christians. He knows more about us than we know about ourselves. But He is just to those who are sincere in their faith. They will be rewarded for their trust in Him.
Questions for Reflections: What is the first thing you turn to in times of need? Does that show confidence in the Lord? Are there areas of your heart that you need to search and turn over to God this week?
Read 1 John 1:5-10
We cannot have fellowship with God while we are in darkness. This is an intense thought since all of us have sinned and fallen short of His glory. But as we learned at Easter, Christ’s blood has covered all our sins! That sacrifice allowed us to be forgiven. We should not say that we are sinless, but that our sins are no longer counted against us because of that forgiveness. This passage reminds us that we can walk in the light of God if we confess our sins. God is faithful and just and removes all darkness that sin has put in our lives. Nobody is perfect. In fact, these verses say that if anyone claims that, they are calling God a liar. But we are not bound to that sin anymore. We are free to have fellowship with one another and we are free to have fellowship with God.
Questions for Reflection: Have you confessed all your sins to God? Do you feel free from darkness? Have you accepted the forgiveness that is offered through Christ’s sacrifice?
Reflections written by Bailey Carlson