Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. 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 Exodus 32:1-14 (Monday 10/17)
Every time I read the story of the golden calf, I think to myself, “Come on, Aaron, you had one job.” Melting down all the golden jewelry and building an idol to worship to is not something you can do by accident- Aaron knew what they were doing. The first part of this story says that Aaron led the people to do this when they realized that Moses had delayed coming back down the mountain to them.
Have you ever had a plan get delayed or changed, and it throws everything else out of whack? That’s how I imagine the Israelites feeling at this moment. It’s easy for anxiety and doubt to creep in when you’re unsure of what’s going on.
When I reread this passage to write the devotional, the part that really struck me was the God was ready to unleash his wrath upon the people who had disobeyed Him in such a big way. It only takes 3 verses for God to decide to have mercy. It reminds me of the new testament verse where someone asks Jesus how many times we should forgive, and Jesus says not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Sometimes we still complain about that commandment, which seems crazy to me, seeing as God has forgiven us more times than we will ever be able to count. He’s been forgiving us and showing us mercy since He created us.
For reflection: When things don’t go the way you planned this week, take a few moments to acknowledge God in the midst of whatever confusion comes.
Read Acts 2:37-41 (Saturday 10/22)
The part of this section that really stood out to me was verse 40, when Peter says, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” It may be an obvious statement to make, but we’re definitely living in a crooked generation. There’s far too much tension, death, unhappiness, anger, and mistrust going on in the world today, and it’s almost a little comforting to me to know that our generation is not the only one that’s crooked. While that isn’t an excuse, we know that we will continue to wrestle with the sinfulness of our generations for the remaining time until Christ returns.
So, how do we save ourselves? I’ll acknowledge the obvious answer (Jesus) but I am also reminded of the current sermon series and Philippians 2:12: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”. Yes, we are covered by the blood of Christ, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to work to do. The state of our world and our generation is bad, and should give us more of a sense of urgency to make ourselves right in the eyes of God, and to spread the gospel and bring others to the same urgency of salvation.
For reflection: Where is there crookedness in your life that needs to be righted? What can you do to make it right today?
Reflections written by Lauren Floyd