Reflections Week of 8/27/17

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 Job 38-41 

This past week found many Americans standing outside, starring up at an amazing phenomenon taking place in the sky: the solar eclipse. We are enamored with the magnificent, the powerful, the works of nature that lie out of our control. This all came to mind as I listened to God enlightened Job’s thinking in Job 38-41. God, who laid the cornerstone of the earth, who completely understands the expanse of the universe, who teaches mammals when to give birth, who owns everything under the heaven, stoops down to meet with a man who has questions.

Job has questions about his suffering. Job doesn’t understand why his life has been turned upside down. And in due time these questions are met with the presence of an all-powerful God, who assures Job that he has been questioning the Almighty.

I wonder how many of you have questioned the Almighty in the past couple weeks. I have. I have asked God why more than once, concerning both the brokenness in our country and the brokenness in the lives of those around me. While the solar eclipse was exciting and cool, let it be a reminder, that an Almighty, all-powerful God is in control of this universe, and nothing goes unnoticed by Him.

Read Ephesians 1-4

Paul addresses this letter to: “the saints who are at Ephesus, and who are faithful in Christ Jesus.” While reading the remainder of this letter, my mind and heart kept returning to this greeting.

Who are faithful. 

Paul takes time to speak words of truth to the church at Ephesus. Paul both blesses and challenges, directs and corrects. This indicates to me that these believers were far from having achieved maturity in Christ (see 4:13), and yet were considered faithful. I find this comforting.

This week God has very clearly communicated His truth to me. Words of encouragement and correction. Words of discipline and blessing. Mostly I have seen the glaring areas in my life in need of the maturity which comes from knowing Christ. Yet, despite my need for growth, God consistently honors my faithfulness to Him by continuing to teach my heart and lead me on to maturity.

Faithfulness is not equivalent to maturity. Yet, by being faithful to God, He will continue to guide me into the maturity found in knowing my Lord. For this I am thankful.

Reflections written by Emily Alexander

 

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