Friday, March 16, 2012

Life Journal Reading for Saturday, March 17, 2012

Once again it is the longest day for the team... this time the Laos team. They fly today from Bangkok to Taipei to Narita then finally home... arriving TODAY (Saturday) at 7:35 a.m. Please pray for their safe travels and for finding time to process all that they have seen and felt and experienced. And I hope to see you all tomorrow at NHDH if you are in Hawaii... but wherever you are, make time today to spend with God's people praising and worshiping our awesome Creator!

Deuteronomy 32-34; 1 Corinthians 2
This is because both of you broke faith with me in the presence of the Israelites at the waters of Meribah Kadesh in the Desert of Zin and because you did not uphold my holiness among the Israelites. ~Deuteronomy 32:51

When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. ~1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Paul, in sharing his heart with the Corinthians, wants them to understand how all that he is and all that he says does not come from his own wisdom or power or strength, but that it comes from God. His mentor was Moses, who himself knew the consequences of working in his own strength and not rather holding up God as most holy: the loss of the promised land.

Every time I read this passage in Deuteronomy 32, I think, “how fair is that?? ONE TIME Moses screws up, and –poof!– no more promised land for him! But then (also every time), I realize who Moses was to the Israelites: God’s #1 man. If he treated God with disrespect by not doing what he said how he said, why shouldn’t they do the same? So God simply had to do what he did, even though Moses knew him “face to face,” in a way that no other man had ever known him.

Paul had the wisdom of Moses’ experience, and even more beneficially, Paul had the blood of Jesus covering him. He understood that there was no way that he could do what God had planned in his own strength, and he wouldn’t even want to! This was God’s show, and in order to succeed, Paul knew it had to be God’s way or no way!

Father God, thank you for your word that teaches us, guides us, admonishes and rebukes us. It gives us a snapshot of who you are and all you have in store for us if we would just follow it. I pray, Father, that as these pioneer missionaries return from Laos, that they finally find rest and comfort in you, as well as excitement and anticipation in all you have planned for our church body as we continue to step out in obedience, seeking the lost wherever you take us. We love you, Father, and we are so very thankful for grace! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


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