{May 16, 2021}






Heartland Community Church


THE JOURNEY

God is Faithful

By Bill McMurtrey

Having a child at 100 years of age is unfathomable. How is that even possible? Only God can make that possible! But, why? 

I’m not 100. I am only 56. Nor am I married. But I am currently in a situation where I might possibly be adopting my youngest grandchild. He is 18 months old. This week I signed official court documents stating that I am open to him coming to be with me, and be adopted by me, if needed. This is not anything that I had to give thought too. I wasn’t asked, I offered. Will it come to this? I’m hoping not…I’m praying not. Not because I don’t want to start over at 56 years of age, with an 18 month old, as a man that lives alone. My concern is not for me, but rather for my grandson.

My faith in God is not being tested here. It’s more like, "Okay God, I’m here, now what?" This is a place of figuring out what God is saying, and being faithful to follow him. Is God telling me to slow my roll? To step up my game? I feel pretty certain he’s telling me to be prepared, He’s got this. So I try to turn down the voice of the enemy that challenges me, and stand, pause, or move as God leads.

Sometimes we struggle when we feel that God is not speaking clearly to our situation, or moving in our expected timing. God doesn’t deliver on our terms, he provides in his time. The seven things he promises us in the bible are:

I will be with you.

I will protect you.

I will be your strength

I will answer you (through prayer). 

I will provide for you.

I will give you peace.

And, most importantly, I will always love you.

 

{sunday 5.9.21}

Read Deuteronomy 31:8

Observe, Reflect, Apply: When you are struggling, do you become defensive like Abraham? Blame others like Sarah did? How do you find your way to trusting that God sees you, and that he will take care of your story in his timing?

 

{prayer for the week}

Join us this week in a shared community-wide prayer.

God, when I take a shortcut, or veer off of your plan, would you redirect me? Help me to see the next right step you are offering me, and give me the courage to take it. During the times I am frustrated, or feeling forgotten by you, would you give me a nudge, remind me of a promise? Would you help me mark the times in my life you have shown up, so that on my hardest days, I can recall and be encouraged by them? Increase my trust in you, God, and give me ears to hear your voice, and eyes to see your path. Amen.

 

{bible reading plan}

By Chris Woodward

{monday 5.17.21}

Read Genesis 20:1-18

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Wife, half-sister, mother of a nation. When reading Genesis, it is important to remember all the content the lineage of Christ and the literal peril that the actors were under. Afraid for his life, Abram makes choices to save himself, to avoid confrontation and places his wife and his promise from God in jeopardy.  In verse 11 Abram replied, “I said to myself there is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.”  When do we twist the truth or select convenient truths to avoid conversations about God? What do you feel reading that God went before Abram and presented him as a prophet for God even in the mist of his half-truth? 

{tuesday 5.18.21}

Read Genesis 21:1-21

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Imagine the day that the promise of God comes through. The day that this couple could hold the promised son that was ninety or so years in the making. The son that will allow the birth of the savior. The moment that was long promised. What moments in your life have come about where you can identify with Sara and Abram?  Write ten words to describe how you felt in the moment your long awaited prayer/promise came true.

Imagine being, with the child crying under the bush out of thirst and hunger.  How many times have we felt the despair of the moment the thought that this is the end of the line. The reality of knowing that if God does not intervene we will certainly perish. The water has run out, the food has come to an end, we are separated from the only family that we have known. But right on time God finds us water, reminds us of his promise and keeps his word.

{wednesday 5.19.21}

Read Genesis 21:22-34

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Wherever Abraham went, the story of God preceded him. Are there moments where our rivals and allies can recognize God’s power, provision, and passion for us? Remember Genesis 21:22, “God is with you in everything that you do.”  It is very interesting that Abraham is possessing the land of the Philistines and they came to him, out of respect, and asked for a treaty in response to his close involvement with God. For the rest of the week, ask yourself, "Is God with me in everything that I do.” In what ways do I need to get closer to God so that this can be said about me and my family? 

{thursday 5.20.21}

Read Genesis 22:1-24

Observe, Reflect, Apply: As a father this is one of the most difficult passages in all of scripture to read. The thought that the only son, whom he loved would be a sacrifice at the hands of the father, feels dark, obtuse, and immoral. The heaviness of the moment when trusting Isaac asks the question, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering,” must have seemed to stop time itself. It appears to mirror Jesus in the garden pleading with his father…“my father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”  Does it comfort you that God asked no more of Abraham than he asked of himself? After Abraham had completed the test, God had provided a ram in the thicket to mark the day to provide the sacrifice. In what way to you feel that God has provided for you though the sacrifice of his son Jesus? 

{friday 5.21.21}

Read Genesis 23:1-20

Observe, Reflect, Apply: The passing of our mother is something that none of us are prepared for. All the things that she must have seen in her one hundred and twenty years on the earth! Knowing that she was not a perfect person however attempted to follow God to the best that she could. It is interesting in this passage of scripture that Abraham is gifted a plot of land, after making a request to bury his wife after her passing. He honors her and the owner of the land by purchasing the field, the cave, the trees. The passing of Sarah must have had a profound effect on him, we do not have much context of her passing or his thoughts only that he wanted to provide a resting place for her body. How can you honor your mother this week?

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get the free YouVersion Bible for your phone, tablet, or computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

The Bible App For Kids YouVersion partnered with OneHope to develop the Bible App for Kids, designing it specifically to engage children with Bible stories on an age-appropriate level. The Bible App for Kids is a free app for Android, Apple, and Kindle devices, available in over 60 languages.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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