I am not sure how you do your daily devotions- but for the last year I have been using the daily bible readings from Youversion.com (it is a free resource that can be accessed by a smart phone, tablet or computer). One of the devotional plans I am reading right now is “Major Themes of the Bible”. I actually read them daily on my phone and then journal out my learning’s or as in today- my 2×4 Moment. Today’s passage was Romans 5 and these verses jumped out at me;
(2) Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. (3) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.(4) And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
In particular, verse 3 was my 2×4 Moment. My current habit is to rewrite the verse and personalize it- so my personalization of verse 3 looked like this;
I can (and should) rejoice when I run into problems and trials, because I know that they will help me develop endurance.
The last few days have proven to be full of problems and trials. And yet I let them take me down instead of rejoicing. The last few weeks I have been preaching about suffering and trials from Philippians- so I know better and told you so. It is interesting that when I preach on something- I often get to test it out in my own life. (So- off topic- I will be preaching about vacation and relaxing the rest of the summer ) Tthis morning, after the 2×4, I wrestled through and repented and then rejoiced that the Father was developing endurance in my life.
Something I have noticed is that when I refuse to rejoice with the understanding of what God is doing, I get focused on the problems of today and I don’t look forward and have a pity party (been there?) One of the most refreshing things about chasing a relationship with Jesus and not a rules based religion- is daily developing my relationship with Him. His Word is made alive to me by the Holy Spirit and can bring encouragement, instruction, correction and direction based on my heart condition at that moment. So I am grateful for God’s 2×4 Moments!
In conclusion- not only is Church at the Bay a great place for less than perfect people- they have a jacked up preacher who is less than perfect as well. Why not bring a friend this weekend and see what God does?