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Read: Luke 5: 1-11
Going Deeper, Part Too
Luke 5: 4 (ESV) And when he had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”.
1. After listening to Christ, Simon was asked to trust Him even more. Simon “toiled” all night without success. However, the big difference now was that Christ was with him.
2. Once Simon realized he was in the presence of Christ, he became afraid. He knew how inadequate he was, and was humbled.
3. God asks us, like Simon, to listen to Him, to trust Him, and to follow Him no matter how deep the water gets.
Hurricane Harvey has caused us to either trust God more, be afraid, or both. Those who suffered loss because of Harvey, know more about deep water now. While water flooded out my cars and first floor, I decide to read some of my old SOAP blogs. Seeing that I could do nothing else, I read my blog published a few months earlier on March 4, 2017, entitled “Majestic Trees”. After reading it, I shared it through my Facebook account.
As I read what God was telling me then, I recalled how Joshua was commissioned to be courageous and continue Moses mission to take his people to Jordan, the promise land. Much like Simon, I’m sure he realized that he was inadequate on his own as he was asked to dig deeper and trust God more. Now, as water threatened to remove things which God had provided, He asked me to trust Him and go deeper with Him.
My “Majestic Trees” SOAP blog referred to a time when I was discouraged and afraid. While watching Bob Ross paint a beautiful landscape, I was sure he ruined it with a big black mark down the center. However, like when we believe our lives are ruined, God shows us how He, as the Master Artist will make our lives even better, if we just only trust Him.
As Christians, people will see us and perhaps even mock us. When we go through trials, these same people with watch us. They watch us to see if we really believe in Christ and His teachings. People will watch us when we are asked to go deeper and are still not afraid because He truly is with us. They will realize that we know something, rather someone, they don’t. Maybe then, through watching how we react to the storms in our lives, they too will want to know Christ, so they can go deeper too.
Loving and Sovereign Father. Nothing happens without Your permission. You have never lost control. Father please help those who are freighted and have lost hope. As the deep water rises, help them not to be afraid because You are with them. LORD, strengthen me so that others see You in me and want to know You more. LORD, I am Yours. Do with me what you want. In your name I pray, Amen.
Read: Acts 8: 14-40
|Acts 8: 34 (NLT) The eunuch asked Philip, “Was Isaiah talking about himself or someone else?”|
|1. Simon, a sorcerer, asked Peter and John if they would sell him the power to provide the Holy Spirit to others. Simon, being a sorcerer, naturally did not understand. Simon asked Peter and John if they would pray for him.
2. An angle instructed Philip to go south, where he eventually met the “eunuch of great authority under the queen of Ethiopia”.
3. The eunuch did not understand what he was reading from Isaiah. First half of Isaiah instructs the nation of Judah to repent, while the second half of the book is filled with hope and the promise of the Messiah. The eunuch’s question originated from the second half. He must have not understood the first half, but he kept on reading anyway.
4. The eunuch knew he needed to understand, and asked Philip his question.
|Based on my current understanding of the bible, what would I ask Philip? “Hey Philip, was God also talking to me in Joshua 1: 5 when He said, “No one will be able to stand their ground against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”?
On the other hand, it is easy to identify a person who lacks understanding of the bible if they asked, “Are Christians racist if they believe accepting Christ is the only way to salvation? Regretfully, we seem to hear that question more often today.
The more I study and “SOAP” journal, the more questions I have. My questions always reflect the depth of my understanding. My questions were simple, when I first started SOAP journaling. For example, this was not the first time I read Act 8. However this time the eunuch’s question lead me back to Isaiah and to rethink what I would have asked Phillip. I have learned, “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know”. I learned, from my limited study the bible, that God wants us to ask Him questions. To incorporate and modify Ms. Frizzle’s quote from Magic School Bus, I’ve learned we are to, “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy; but no matter what happens, keep asking God questions.”
|Loving Father. I want to trust You more each day. I want to study Your word deeper, understand more, and ask You more questions. Lead me to those I need, and to those who need You in me. In Your name I pray, Amen.|