S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love. I will praise the Lord for all he has done. I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel, which he has granted according to his mercy and love. He said, “They are my very own people. Surely they will not betray me again.” And he became their Savior. In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years. But they rebelled against him and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he became their enemy and fought against them. Isaiah 63:7-10 NLT
“The Lord will destroy the nations living in the land, just as he destroyed Sihon and Og, the kings of the Amorites. The Lord will hand over to you the people who live there, and you must deal with them as I have commanded you. So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
Then Moses called for Joshua, and as all Israel watched, he said to him, “Be strong and courageous! For you will lead these people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors he would give them. You are the one who will divide it among them as their grants of land. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:4-8 NLT
God is so big, so magnificent, and so beyond our ability to fully grasp his glory and magnitude, yet he is able to see, acknowledge, and care for us as individuals.
As you grow in your understanding of God (a lifelong journey):
Even in the midst of people betraying God, through the difficult correction, God still has a heart for all people.
Lord, you are beyond my understanding, and you are always good even when we are not. Help us to be honest with you about our delights, disappointments, and discoveries so that you can lead us into a growing relationship with you!