Reflections Week of 4/24/16

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 Proverbs 2:1-6

This passage talks about seeking for silver, searching for hidden treasure, and finding the knowledge of God. This sounds more like a job for Indiana Jones than it does for us. This imagery is how we should seek the wisdom and instructions God has given us. This is the mind we should have toward learning and growing in our walks with God. This week’s sermon boils down to our need to trust that God knows better than we do. Seeking after God’s wisdom and treasuring up his commandments can help us to be more in line with God. Maybe if we think about studying the Bible as the epic treasure hunt that Solomon describes in this passage we’d be more willing to see what God has to offer.

Questions for Reflection: How do you view the Bible’s influence in your life? Is there anything that is stopping you from pursuing the wisdom of God like a hidden treasure?

Read Psalm 91

The Israelites went through a long history of forgetting the things God had done for them. They stopped trusting God which lead to them rejecting his leadership. In this Psalm I’m encouraged and reminded not only is God in control but he is our protector. Not only does God know what’s best for us but he will cover us and be our fortress. Too often I try and do everything myself, I try and rely on my own strength, this Psalm reminds me to trust that God is a shield to protect me. It’s a Psalm I need to read and re-read, I need to remember he is our refuge and fortress. That means I don’t have to be the strongest or best, I need to just let God be who he is. It’s a lesson I have to continually be reminded of, maybe I am more like the Israelites than I’d like to admit.

Questions for Reflections: Is there something in your life that you are anxious about? Have you asked God to step in and be your fortress and protection? Where do you struggle with trusting God in your life?

Reflections by Pastor Tim Gioia

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