Reflections Week of 12/25/16

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 2 Peter 3:8-10 (Monday 12/26)

“…with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” That’s one of those truths I don’t think I will ever be able to really wrap my mind around. I can understand it (sort of) intellectually, God is outside of time and thus time is not measure for him like it is for us. But what that means, how it affects (or doesn’t affect) the way he he acts and what he does, that’s a mystery to me. That he can see all the good, all the bad, all at the same time, and still be just and and righteous, clearly we are not like God. Because time doesn’t apply to God it means he isn’t slow to act, he isn’t ever running late, he’s never uttered the phrase “there’s not enough hours in the day”— something I feel all to often. Time controls us. When’s my next appointment, how much time do I have to write this reflection, how long will this meeting take? Time is always pressing on us, but not on God. Which means when he answers prayers and we feel like he is taking too long, in reality it is right on time. God is always on time, even when we are perpetually 10 minutes late to everything.

For Reflection: Think back to a time when you felt God was taking too long to answers a prayer one way or the other. How would things have been different if it would have happened on your imperfect timeline as opposed to God’s? What did you learn in the waiting?

Read Deuteronomy 1:1-8 (Tuesday 12/27)

I recently heard a great sermon from Pastor Mark Batterson entitled “Enough is Enough” (go check it out when you have a chance). As I think about this passage I think about the seasons we go through in our lives. Sometimes it is a season of constant change and movement and we don’t know what is coming next. Sometimes we go through hard seasons where God is trying to teach us something or correct something in us. As we move from one season to the next I can picture God saying “You have been in this season long enough, it’s time for something new.” I am so thankful to have a God who knows what I need and where I need to be and the fact that he is paying attention to just how long I need to be in each stage or season of my life. With 2016 coming to a close and 2017 on the horizon I can’t help but begin to daydream and pray about what’s next for me, my family, and our church. Here’s what gets me excited, God never tells us to leave somewhere without a future place already set up ahead of time. 

For Reflection: Is God telling you to leave the mountain you’ve been camped at and go to something new? Pray for clear direction, pray for wisdom and discernment. What would it look like for a new season in your life to come about?

Reflections written by Tim Gioia

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