Reflections Week of 6/12/16

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 2 Timothy 3:10-1.

We have all pondered the age old question: why do bad things happen to good people? When bad things happen, we get frustrated, we say “I didn’t do anything to deserve this!” and we lose sight of these words from Paul to Timothy. There are a lot of seemingly “backwards” things about Christianity that are hard to grasp. I remember as a child first hearing the command to turn the other cheek and thinking, “That’s ridiculous! Why would I do that?” Here, Paul reminds Timothy that yes, bad things happen to good people, and maybe especially to Christians. There was a lot of pushback to the Christian movement when Paul was writing this letter, and there remains a lot of pushback today too. Sometimes it’s tough to be a Christian. It’s tough to follow the word of the Lord and live in His ways rather than the ways of the world. That’s why being in community with other believers, praying consistently, and staying rooted in scripture is so important. Focusing on the final two verses of this passage, I am reminded that while life isn’t easy, God has not sent us out ill-equipped. We have the Bible, and it has everything we need to live the lives that Christ has set before us.

For reflection: Consider the ACTS prayer model we have been using at our prayer nights. When you give thanks to God, think about how His word has guided, shaped, and prepared you and thank Him for that in your prayer.

Read Psalm 119:97-105

When I was in high school, I had a friend that I was sharing the gospel with. One day she excitedly declared to me that she had gotten her hands on a Bible, and was starting to read it. The next time we spoke, I asked her about how that was going. She responded, less enthusiastically, by telling me she’d decided to start, of all places, in Leviticus. I immediately thought that that was the absolute worst place she could have picked up God’s word. This is the story that came to mind as I read this passage to prepare this devotional, and I started to rethink my earlier sentiment. The psalmist’s words in the first verse of this passage really struck a chord with me: Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. As children, we all had rules that seemed unfair to us. Why can’t I let the dog sleep on my bed? Why do I have to eat my broccoli before I can have dessert? Why can’t I climb on the roof? Now that we’re older, we can understand that those rules were fair, and usually for our protection. God’s laws are the same, even if they appear harsh or unnecessary. Like good parents, God doesn’t impose rules just because he doesn’t want us to have fun.

For reflection: What rules or laws are you struggling to obey this week? Consider why you may be struggling, and how this rule has been put in place for your ultimate benefit.

Reflections written by Lauren DeVries

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