Page 148 ended up being a long day, so it is another page that I’m writing the next morning. We were up early for a 2 1/2 hour drive to go to church with an aunt and uncle then visit with them for part of the afternoon. It was a good worship gathering and Susan was happy to sing, take communion, and give an offering as part of her worship. She loves “going to church” and she loves being able to give. As in many areas of her life, it is another example of what I believe Jesus meant when He said we must become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. It is difficult for most people to give when they don’t think they have anything to give or they don’t trust that they will have anything for themselves later if they give now. Susan wants to give and trusts fully that she will continue to be cared for. While testing God is generally not a good thing, giving is one area that God told His people to test Him in. But I really think it becomes more of a test of us than of God. To give cheerfully and generously, and joyfully will reveal a trust in God, and His provision and care, that cannot be shaken by circumstances.
The sermon for the morning concluded a series the preacher was doing for the month of May using different women of the Bible. Today’s application was focused around learning from the wife of Pilate. While there is not a lot known about her, we read in scripture that she tried to convince her husband to have nothing to do with the condemning of the innocent man, Jesus. Because her concern was the result of a dream in which she “suffered a great deal”, the sermon focused on visions and dreams in regard to our listening to God. As we looked at scripture, the bottom line for the church age is that God’s Word is authoritative and the final answer. God has put His Spirit in us and His desire is for mankind to be in relationship with Him, so we ought to expect communication to take place in one manner or another. Whether He speaks to you or I in visions and dreams, or not, His communication will always be consistent with Scripture.
After the church service, we had lunch and then visited for a while before we said goodbye and headed for the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse on the Atlantic Ocean. It was a beautiful lighthouse complex and the lighthouse itself was open to be able to climb the stairs to the top and look out over the ocean. When I think about the construction of this lighthouse, which was completed in 1887, I marvel at the ingenuity of mankind. Several lives were lost in the construction process, yet they continued knowing that many others would be saved as a result of the lighthouse. For me, that thought was a good application to the prayer guide I wrote for this week about sacrificial service. God calls us to follow the example of Jesus who gave up everything so that others, you and I, could be saved.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- Meeting around the Lord’s Table for remembrance and worship ought to feel like family no matter where you are.
- Giving can be joyful when you trust your Father to provide even that which you are giving.
- Faith can be seen in action by watching a child who is loved and cared for.
- God can use a variety of means to warn us that we are headed for trouble.
- God’s Word should be our straight edge that we align everything to.
- Sacrificial service ought to be the way of life for a Christian.
- We will begin to make a kingdom difference when we live like Jesus and are willing to lay down our lives so that others would be saved.