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 Joshua 24 (Tuesday 2/7)
“Not of this world.” Have you heard that before? It’s in reference to the fact that each Christian has residence in Heaven, though we are at present living here. Most people think of John 17:16 when you say that, but when you take a step back, you’ll notice that it’s a theme throughout the entirety of Scripture. Take a look at Joshua 24. The end of Joshua’s life is coming, and he is getting ready to pass of his leadership to the next generation. Before he does this, he recounts the history of his people to his people. Over and over and over again, God allowed the Israelites to enter into trials and tribulations. He brought them out of any hardship that they came up against, even war. Why? Because He said He would, He is in control, and He is faithful to keep His promises.
But also: He did this to remind His children that they could not go it alone.
Without His help, could they have survived all that they did? Without His protection, they would have fallen to the plague, to other nations, to starvation.
Though we as gentiles are not God’s chosen people, we are His adopted children. These are truths we can cling to. If God promises something, even something as huge as an entire nation being protected from a plague, He is going to make good on it. Your God called you to Himself. He chose you. He desires you. He love you. He is going to walk with you through each step of your journey, no matter how low you get or how high you go. You’re not going it alone. You never have been.
For Reflection: What is one thing you can do this week to remind yourself that God is in control?
Read Galatians 1 (Wednesday 2/8)
(Fun fact: if you’re of Irish heritage, you’re likely descended from the Galatians.)
The world is a scary place right now. Whether you are looking at the political climate, the crime rates, or the increase in natural disasters – there is no denying that it’s tumultuous out there. And worse – we have to live in it; truly, many of us even live in fear of it.
Here is what I think: We can be concerned, heartbroken, and even mournful for the world around us. But we should never fear it. Look at the beginning of Galatians 1. Paul starts by reminding the Galatian church of the Gospel, of our salvation from “this evil age.” When he says that, he is referring to “the Church Age” which is the era of history wherein we currently reside, before Christians are taken up to the New Jerusalem. We live in this world, in this age, but we are not destined for it.
Now take a stroll down to the bottom of chapter 1: Paul ends by reminding them that he once took delight in persecuting Christians; he hunted them for sport. But, by the grace of God, he is now ministering to Christians around the world (then and now.)
I guess my point is this: We live in a world that God created, that God oversees, that God controls. He took even the greatest of sinners and now uses him to minister to believers in the midst of a perverse and wicked generation (theirs and ours). No matter what is happening in our world, believers can live without fear because our God is greater than all of it.
For Reflection: Today, what do you need to remind yourself that God is greater than?
Reflections written by Liz Doogan