Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday, June 27th: Deuteronomy 1-3, Acts 1 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Deuteronomy 1-3; Acts 1

As Moses recounted the history of Israel, this verse jumped out at me...

22 You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.’
There are many things we can fear in life, and often we fear things we don't have control over, or when we know the odds are stacked against us.  The reason for our fear is that we have placed our trust in the wrong place.  We trust in ourselves and our abilities, we trust in police officers and firefighters to protect and help us, we trust in other people around us who we feel are more qualified than we are, etc.  And, to a certain extent, it's good to trust this way.  But what we need to remember is that ultimately God is sovereign, and He is the the only One who truly controls the outcome of any situation.  He is the only One we can trust every time without fail.  He never gets tired, never makes a mistake, never makes an error in judgment, never gets weak, never fails.  He fights for us - we don't need to fear!

Acts 1 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
We have received this power, and we too have received this command. Are we witnesses to those around us?  Are we praying for opportunity to tell people the good news?  Are we taking the opportunities God gives us?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Deuteronomy 4-6; Acts 2:1-21


Conrad said...

Good point Tammy about placing our trust in false hopes when we need to place our trust and faith in God.

Pamela said...

Two things stood out for me in regards to disappointment. I can't help but think about how disappointed Moses was when God told him Joshua would lead the people and that Moses' journey would end on this side of the Jordan River. How it must have pained Moses to see Joshua take his place.
I also thought of Joseph called Barsabbas who must have been pretty disappointed to know he had a 50% chance to replace Judas. I wonder what his response would have been to Matthias after finding out it would be Matthias who would become one of the 12. We don't always know why opportunities may fall through but we need to be confident that God knows.