Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ordinary Time: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Old Testament Lesson

We see the continued hunt for land in the Promised Land.  We see the people looking for what God had promised them, searching, trying to find, trying to see what is there.  

Sometimes in the midst of life, we are like. Except not with land.  With God's will.  What does He have for us?  What are we to do? Where are we to go?  Just as the Danites in the text, we are seeking where God wants us to be. 

And just as Micah was there to give them a sign, so will God give us assurance or a sign, or a means of knowing.  Sometimes we have to take a step of faith first, and then the assurance will come.  Other times, we have that assurance before hand. But, just as the Lord had someone there to help guide the Danites in their search, so will he have for us.  

New Testament Lesson

We see Stephen stoned to death for the faith in one chapter, in the very next we see God continuing to move. The one thing we need to always remember is that God's will and way is not dependent us.  He doesn't have to use us, He wants to use us!  It's not that everything is riding upon us, God's plan is bigger than any of us. 

But, He wants to use us!  To do His work, to show His grace, to give His love!  He wants to use us!  He wants us to be a part!  The great God of all the ages desires to know you, and use you for a grand purpose!  How awesome is that!?!

Gospel Lesson

We see Jesus stress over and over to the people, it's not about your actions, it's about your belief.  You are not saved by what you do.  You are saved by belief in faith through Jesus.  It's not up to us earn our salvation by some right action.  Its up to us to simply believe.  And, in that belief we find grace.  And in that grace, we find life

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