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 Psalm 69 (Tuesday 10/24)
I don’t know about you, but I spent most of my life thinking that being a good Christian meant that I would take whatever came my way with a smile and a chorus of my favorite worship song. What that run-on sentence means to say is, I felt like I had to just grin and bear everything and anything, no matter how much it sucked. I reasoned that the happier I was the better Christian I was. But David, the author of this Psalm, has gone down in history as a man of God (1 Sam 13:14), i.e. a “good” Christian, and he is crying out to God to take away his burdens. He is miserable, under attack, and desperate for God to lighten his load. So he turns to God and starts complaining. Is that unholy? Does that make him a bad Christian? Clearly not. And I’ll do you one better, he asks God to take down his enemies.
David was a man after God’s own heart. And he was human.
For Reflection: What if today you choose to be honest with God about the way you’re feeling. Tell Him that you’re sick and tired of what you’re dealing with. Tell him about the things you want out of your life. Ask Him to be glorified even in your discontentment. Why not?
1 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (Thursday 10/26)
Raise your hand if you read a comment on facebook in the last couple of days that was unkind. Now raise your other hand if you’ve written an unkind comment. Now raise your left foot if any of those unkind comments were to Christians by Christians. With how easy it is to step into a heated argument on the internet, we can quickly become unkind with our words and hurt others. Alright. Now let’s contrast that with what Paul says in this passage. He mentions that, in communion with other believers, he sought to live in a way that was worthy of the God that has called us. How? By encouraging people, pointing them toward God and holiness, loving them and being grateful for their very existence.
A lot is going on in the world right now. There is so much that makes us passionate and exhausted. But no matter what the disagreement is, may it never lead you to tear down your brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead, why not seek to love them? Other people, even other Christians, don’t have to agree with you to receive your love. Live in a manner that is worthy of your calling this week. Love other Christians so that your God is glorified and those who don’t know Him (and those who do) can see His love through you.
Reflections written by Liz Doogan