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Not Always A Perfect Picture

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Today’s scripture: Proverbs 3:3-5; Galatians 5:19-25 (NIV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two before reading on.

My thoughts (Julie Benson):

Faithfulness, like the other fruits of the Spirit, is a trait that takes practice and care. As a Christian, you are charged to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Too often, however, we think that this faith and trust should always be present like a perfect Norman Rockwell painting.

But how would you react if… You lose your job and all financial stability? You wake up to find your house engulfed in flames? You are involved in a serious car accident leaving you permanently scarred or disabled? Your spouse falls terminally ill?

Faithfulness to God does not mean that you will never be consumed at times with tears of distress or sorrow. Faithfulness does not mean that you will always understand the reasons behind any given circumstance. Faithfulness does not mean that you will never question or doubt God’s plan.

Sharing these feelings, emotions, questions, and struggles with God, however, IS a sign of faithfulness! Make a conscious effort to pray, to engage in open and honest dialogue, and to praise God in the storm. Allow God to witness your true faithfulness!

Thought for the day: Just because I have doubts and fear, doesn’t mean I don’t trust God. Together, we’ll work through it.

Today, let’s join together in prayer for: Our Discipleship Class teachers. Those who are teaching this quarter include Tom Chittenden, Dan Funk, Kammie Monarch, Kay Olry, Christen Peters, and David Zier.

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. Use the item above as a starting point, or consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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