Today’s readings: Genesis 18-19; Psalm 3; Luke 7
Scripture: I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. (Psalm 3:5-6)
Observation: This reminds me of the message my pastor gave last Sunday. My church is doing a series on the book God of the Underdogs and last week we discussed the story of Gideon, who defeated an entire army of Midianites with only 300 soldiers (Judges 7-8). The pastor said something that really resonated with me: You + God = A Majority. That’s the message sent by this psalm. When God is on your side, all things are possible.
Application: The first step in this is giving everything over to God. It is something that I need to work on in my life. I am a control freak, and the idea of giving significant life choices up to anyone, including God. The closest I have come to that is when my husband and I went into the summer with no plan. We graduated from college, moved back to campus for summer work, and let the cards fall where they may. My husband had three job interviews in three weeks- Wyoming, Texas, and New York. I couldn’t start job searching until we got an offer somewhere. By mid-June, we had packed up our lives and were moving to a town in New York that we had only seen twice and a house we had only been to once. It ended up working out fantastically so far, but we did not give credit where credit was due. We had “left it to chance.” There are some aspects that I am not ready to give up yet (like the fact that I can’t afford to give any children the type of life they deserve, and therefore will not be bringing any into the world at this time), but I am ready to take steps in giving God control.
Prayer: Dear God, I give you my life. I want You to do with me what You will, for Your will is perfect. I will not question Your path for me. I only ask that You use me as a positive force who shows people Your love. Please shine through me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.