July 9, 2011 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Jeannie Lee, Gracepoint Berkeley

Reread the passages from this week and review your DTs. Consider the themes in the text and what lessons emerged for you, and write a personal reflection based on this week’s DT.  The questions below are provided as prompts to help you.

Did the text provide:
-a truth, wisdom or lesson I need to affirm or apply?
One truth I need to affirm and apply is the truth that unity comes from having proper fear of God (when the terror of the Lord fell upon the people, they turned out as one man).  This then led to their own individual fears being dispelled.  I’ve experienced this in the prep for this past week’s training.

With the proper fear of God governing us, my own individual fear of failure, of not being able to pull this off, my fear of teaching in public, all those were dispelled as we worked together on this huge project for God. And it was so so fun and magical, to see God bringing it all together, to see the courses built up from scratch, refined over the weeks. Personally for me, it gave me a boost of confidence that God really really wants to use my five loaves and two fish, that He delights in using His children, and that in God’s will, there is nothing to fear.  I don’t lack the resources to do His word, as I sometimes feel, because God provides those resources through the body of Christ, through His creativity and wisdom that He bestows.

-a picture of God’s heart that I need to appreciate or more deeply embrace?
One picture of God’s heart that I need to more deeply embrace is the picture of Him as a hopeful visionary, taking insecure Saul, hiding behind the bags, and transforming him into a prophet, into a leader of His people. God (and Samuel) had a lot of hope and vision for Saul.  Another picture of God’s heard that I need to more deeply embrace is the picture of the shepherd, having had to remove Saul, still mourning and grieving over him until the end of his days.

-a description of folly, sin, or relational problem that I need to address?
The folly of the sin of insecurity is a warning. Insecurity leading to pride and self-protectiveness and fear and paranoia. Insecurity leading to acting rashly and making poor decisions.  Saul was like this, he started out so humble, and yet committed the fatal sin of self-centered insecurity that was his downfall. It wasn’t about him and his skill set or how impressive he was, but it was about his God, and what God did.  God called him, anointed him and placed him over Israel.  And if he had put his confidence in God, instead of himself and trying to prove himself, he might have been ok.  This is a major warning, as I see so many people, including myself some times, full of insecurity over my abilities, instead of trusting in what God can do through me if I surrender and give my all.

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