Today is my first weekly Bible journal post! I hope the last couple of weeks of daily posts have provided a good preview of what everyday S.O.A.P. Bible journaling looks like.
Now it’s time to move on to the weekly Bible post which will share my favorite entry from that week’s Bible journal. In most cases, I will choosing a Scripture from my daily One Year Bible readings.
So today I looked through last week’s S.O.A.P. notes and decided that my favorite entry was written yesterday (May 19).
The entire One Year Reading for that day (1 Samuel 24:1-25:44, John 10:22-42, Psalm 116:1-19 and Proverbs 15:20-21) was wonderful. In Samuel 1 the story of David and his men continues, with a brief but interesting romantic subplot that foreshadows his later relationship with Bathsheba. In John 10, it is wintertime and Jesus is in the Temple addressing an angry crowd. The verse I chose was John 10:37 which was part of the larger message that Jesus gave to the crowd that day.
‘Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.’ – John 10:37 (NLT)
In today’s passage Jesus is addressing a crowd fired up and ready to stone him for blasphemy – but he does not back down. As a matter fact, he never did.
To my mind Jesus’ refusal to bend or tone down the message he’d been given, even under threat of death, in no way contradicts the more conciliatory comments for which he is so well-known. While he did advise us to settle our differences (Matthew 5:25), render unto Caesar (Matthew 22:21) and, most famously, turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), he never told us to dial back the truth.
The other idea I find interesting here is that Jesus referred to the miracles he performed as the “evidence” that God was in him and he was in God.
As Christians, our goal is to be as much like Jesus as we possibly can. While few of us are miracles workers, to me, this passages serves as a reminder that we should still fearlessly share the gifts we have been given and the truth as we understand it – just like he did.
Some such gifts are held by all spirit-filled Christian. Others are unique to the individual. Common gifts include compassion and generosity and the courage to share the Word of God. Unique gifts might include supernatural abilities, such as prophecy or discernment, or the natural talents and abilities with which God, as our creator, has equipped us.
And this is what brings this passage home for me.
I started telling stories in childhood. I told them in my imagination. I wrote them underneath my very first drawings. I scripted most of the let’s pretend games I played with my friends. As I got older I made little booklets. When I got to High School I started writing poetry and bits of dialogue on napkins and stray bits of paper everywhere I went.
Finally I wrote out, then typed a series of short stories and rambling unsubmitted manuscripts. Then I discovered blogging and the joy of writing articles on what mattered most to me.
If I have a talent, it is this. But I have marginalized it over and over again – which is neither truthful or courageous.
I’m grateful that this passage has brought me face to face with this fact. And, as so often happens in God’s Word, the timing could not be better. Several weeks ago I enrolled in a Journalism and Media Writing course at my local community college. I had been having second thoughts. Now I am not.
Dear Heavenly Father. Thank You for the gifts that You have given me and forgive me for not having the courage to have made better use of what I have received. Please help me to have faith in myself and any ability that You would have me use. Guide me and help me to know Your will. Help me to carry out Your work as did Jesus, in Whose name I pray. Amen.
So, for next week, I am going to keep on reading the Bible and journaling. And get serious about my other writing. Look for a review post in the middle of the week, my weekly Sunday Scripture podcast and my next Bible Journal entry.
Hope to see you then <3
The One Year Bible Readings for next week are:
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
2 Samuel 4:1-6:23
2 Samuel 7:1-8:18
2 Samuel 9:1-11:27
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