As the first quarter of 2021 draws to a close I reflect on where we are at. I reflect on my first quarter nearly done on the job. I reflect on my incredible team I get to be a part of. I reflect on my peers and leaders and all they have done that has been a part of this first quarter. I reflect on accomplishments and the bumps in the road, the lessons learned and relationships built. I reflect on the time that has gone by and the reality of time. Time can’t be saved. Time is either spent or used or lost. I reflect on the importance of stewardship of our time. I reflect on how when I was going to take a break from reading a new book that a book from the pile called to me and so I will spend a half an hour a day to read and learn from it. As I reflect on relationships and the doors of opportunity God has opened to build stronger relationships with some great men right where they are at and making the time and purposing the time to build it up and support them. I reflect on how fragile life is as people get injured or sick and how we need to appreciate every moment we have because we never know which will be our last. I reflect on how getting to spend time with my wife, talking, reading a devotional, and praying together is so powerful. I reflect on how with COVID it changes the time we have with each other and where we can find time that wasn’t available before or isn’t there now like the commute. As Q1 of 2021 draws to a close, let’s reflect on it and consider if there are things we need to do to make Q2 better, to make better use of our time and efforts, to make a bigger impact in our lives and our community, to become healthier and stronger physically, emotionally, and spiritually. What can we do? What should we do? What will we do?
A desperate prayer for desperate times
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 38:21-22
‘Do not forsake me, O Lord ; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!’
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Having a bad day? How do you know? What are you measuring it by or comparing it to?
- Are the pains and confusion self inflicted or at least partially? Is it related to sins or foolish decisions?
- Are you receiving accusations and attacks too on top of your existing heartaches?
- Have people you thought were on your side turned their backs on you? when you needed them most?
- Where will you turn? Where did you turn? Where could you turn? Where can you turn?
- Will you be like David and turn to the one place he knew he could turn? Will you turn to God?
- Consider David’s Words in Psalms 38: Asking God not to forsake him too.
- Ever felt like everything is turning against you?
- Ever felt like everyone has turned against you?
- Gotten to that point of hopelessness and at the end of yourself?
- Will you cry out to God and let Him step in?
- Will you ask God for help in order to receive hope?
- A hope that will last, a hope in God.
- In this world we will have troubles but Jesus reminds us that we can still have hope because He overcame the world! (John 16:33)
- The troubles can come from many directions. The troubles can come from may sources. The troubles can come in many ways.
- Before we get to the end of our ropes or hit rock bottom, let’s turn to God and invite Him into the situation.
- We don’t need to get to rock bottom before we turn to God!
- We don’t need to get to the point of feeling hopeless, abandoned, misunderstood, betrayed, or incompetent to turn to God and definitely we can and should turn to Him before all of them set in!
- Let’s cast our cares on God because He cares for us!
- Let’s go to the one who is faithful to listen to us!
- Let’s go to the one who cares for us!
- Let’s go to the one who can restore our hope!
- Don’t give up or think that this or these times of desperation are the end of the line! Turn to God!
- Let’s put our focus on God who is bigger than any of our problems!
- Let’s put our trust in God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine!
- Let’s express our trust in God and how we know He will come through!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
When was the last time you felt hopeless, trapped, or abandoned?
- April 2020 – Dec 2020
How does God use those times to get your attention?
- It required I lean on Him more because it wears us down
- It required I find others to join me in leaning on God more because where 2 or more are gathered He is there
- Finding another person can help bring perspective, support, strength to get through one more day – even when things don’t seem to be getting better
- Knowing others are praying for you while you are in the midst of it gives encouragement to press in and press on.
- God can be the certainty in uncertain times
- God can be the firm foundation when everything around you seems to be like shifting sand.
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
- Joshua 22
- Joshua 23
- Joshua 24
- Be encouraged by remembering everything God has done in and through you and your life.
Do you realize what you have? Do you realize what you need? Do you know what to do about it? Will you take time to reflect on it? Will you choose to be a good steward of your time?
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
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