How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.
– Psalm 1:1-2
Sermon Soundbites is exactly what it sounds like. Snippets. They are snapshots based on the sermon from the past week that have been crafted into daily devotionals. They will be placed here for a day to day meditation and spiritual edification. We want to highlight key themes, concepts, and ideas that were preached and proclaimed in the life of our church. The aim is to help us adore Jesus and apply the Good News to our lives. It’s a reminder, a signpost that the Gospel is meant to be reflected upon and rejoiced in every day, not just Sunday.
What do you do when problems, people, or pitfalls get under your skin? We should be led to pray. Frustrations fuel prayer and prayer diffuses frustrations. Our most bitter moments in life can lead to some of our sweetest moments in prayer.
In our life, there will be suffering. There will be injustice. There will be pain. Our life is fundamentally seasonal at its core. There are times when the sun is shining in our world, and there are times when it’s so foggy, cold and nasty that we believe that’s indicative of who God is. But how does Habakkuk change? How does he go from staring suffering in the face to having a song on his lips? He knows his God.
If someone you knew was unjustly arrested, how would you feel? If someone you know was prosecuted for a crime that they didn’t commit, how would you respond? If a child in your family was secretly taken advantage of, what would you do? I can answer for you. You’d do something. You’d want justice.
Doubt is something that we consider to be the extinguisher of faith, but it doesn’t have to be. It can be the very thing that enhances it. So why does doubt scare us? It scares us because we see it as being a paved pathway to full-out disbelief, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s actually the best pathway to honest dialogue.
Lord Jesus, we thank you that you purchased us with your blood. Help us to be those who remember that because you are the lamb who was slain for all of our wrongs that you deserve all of our worship. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Father, we are those that can be bold in sinning but shy in confessing. Help us to remember that you are more gracious than we are grimy, more merciful than we are messy and more compassionate than we are conniving.