S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me and rescue me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me, and set me free. Be my rock of safety where I can always hide. Give the order to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked, from the clutches of cruel oppressors. Psalms 71:1-4 NLT
I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. Psalms 139:7-12 NLT
In times of uncertainty and confusion, God wants to do something IN you! He wants you to feel his presence and his power.
In the Psalms, the writers at times express frustrations, fears, anger, indignation, and despair…sometimes implying that God is not doing his job well. There are the raw emotions of failure and moments of begging forgiveness for sins. There are many occasions where the future is grave, dangerous, and uncertain, and the writer is saying, “God, I cannot make it through this without you…help please…God, do not turn away!”
So … what about you? Have you ever really tested this in your life, I mean in times of uncertainty … have you conscientiously, intentionally leaned into and called on God?
On a spectrum between “1” (formal and full of high-sounding propriety) and “10” (raw and uncertain and difficult) where do you often experience conversations with God?
When you face uncertainty in life, what is your response?
Lord, thank you for being my “rock” and my “refuge.” Thank you for knowing me and my life situation better than I do. Thank you for being with me through thick and thin, through delight and disaster. Forgive me for judging you according to my preferences and personal expectations, for you are God and I am not.