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 Nehemiah 4:14 (Monday 7/24)
“Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes”.
Our God will fight for us. He will see us through the storms. He will offer his encouragement and his helping hand because he is great and awesome! Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome. The definition of awesome is: extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear. We use this word loosely in modern language but the definition of this word and its connection to Christ seems to be most fitting and appropriate.
He shouts, “do not be afraid”,
Daunting in grand love,
Inspiring great admiration,
Our God will fight for us,
He will see us through the valley,
He will help us build the wall,
He will rise amongst the weary,
With him we will not fall.
When my enemies taunt and ridicule,
I will not be led astray,
I will protect the walls that have built this home,
Listen and obey,
I will defend and protect,
I will seek to know,
The wonder of our God,
Great and awesome,
Splendor and beauty,
Even the mightiest view,
Cannot be greater than our God.
*Spend a few moments to reflect on the awesome qualities of our God! In what way do you see his extremely impressive and yet daunting qualities? Write a simple poem about the awesome qualities of our God that you see in your daily life, through other Christians, or through scripture. (If you need help getting started, spell out the word AWESOME vertically, and write a word or phase that describes the awesome qualities of our God using the letters from the word awesome to begin your word/phrase.)
Read Nehemiah 9 (Thursday 7/27)
This passage allows for me to reflect on my own history and the ways in which God has revealed himself strongly in my life through different seasons. The Levites prayer expresses Gods abundant grace and mercy through memories of their lived history and God’s continued commitment to his people. Upon reflection of these accounts, confessions are interwoven, revealing insight to the times they, “stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments” (9:16). Throughout the prayer they continue to recall our God who is, “ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…and did not forsake them.” (9:17)
I love the idea of praying prayers of memories of God’s abundant grace in our lives on super specific accounts. I can so easily get wrapped up in my day-to-day routine, which often distracts me from the grace and mercy that Christ continually has and does extend to me. I received a letter from my mom in the mail today which reminded me very much of this prayer. She started the letter by telling me really sweet mom things, but concluded the letter with a list of things To praise God for… On this list she wrote nine very specific accounts from this past month in which God was gracious, merciful, and abounding in steadfast love. It was a sweet and simple reminder of the many ways God has been present in my life the past month, many of which I would have glossed over had it not been for my mom’s written account of these blessings.
*Take the time to prayerfully consider the ways in which God has been so good to you. Make a list of 5-10 specific accounts in the past month in which his faithfulness, mercy and grace have been extended to you.
Reflections written by Leslie Garb