Reflections Week of 12/3/17

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 Psalm 127:1-2 (Monday 12/4)

This Psalm presents the challenge of worthless efforts. In this Psalm I imagine the person who works and works and works and has busied themself, with the hopes of feeling valued and important. I must admit, I am sometimes tempted to be this person. There have been days at work where I create a to-do list purely for the ability to prove worth to my role in what I am doing. But who am I proving this to? Is Christ not at the foundation of my labor? Should everything I do not be for the labor of his Kingdom here on Earth? This Psalm challenges me but also allows me to extend grace to myself and the efforts I make on a daily basis. I may go through the motions of “building”, but if I am not building on a solid foundation of Christ than all of my work is meaningless. It can be difficult when working in a secular work place, when our value is judged on a very different value scale. But what if we challenged ourselves to ask:

What does it mean to practice diligence in our faith? What does that look like for you in your work place? How can we labor not in vain, but with Christ at the center?

And don’t forget, the Lord gives us rest. Use the Sabbath day to recharge from your labor. For he is extending that gift to you.

Read Psalm 136 (Saturday 12/9)

I can’t help but sing through this Psalm of thanksgiving and praise to our good and faithful God, whose steadfast love endures forever! Amen. Amen. This Psalm begins by giving thanks to our one true God, who is the God of gods and Lord of lords (136:1-3). It then leads us to being reminded of God’s great wonders in creation (136:4-9). A simple reminder that allows us to see not only how BIG our God is, but calls attention to the creation that is before us and our lives as a part of this living creation that God has made a continuing commitment to.  What are some of the living creations that you are reminded of every day, or have had the opportunity to see around the world? The vastness of the Grand Canyon and the brilliant stars I’ve seen in Montana are what come to my mind.

Then we see the recounting of God’s deliverance (136:10-16), bringing his people out of Egypt, “with a strong hand and an outstretched arm”. This part recounts Gods willingness to reach for us and guide us with his outstretched arms. There have been several times in my life where God has extended his arms towards me, and pulled me back towards him. When was a time that God has led you through the wilderness?

The Psalm concludes by giving thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever (136:26).

Take a moment to recount the wonders of Gods creation you have experienced and after each reflection mirror the Psalm and write, “whose steadfast love endures forever”. Keep this somewhere you will see throughout the week to recount your blessings and God’s faithful daily.

Reflections written by Leslie Rico

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