July 24, 2018 One of the blessings of a daily reading plan that takes me through the Bible every year is that I come across verses and SOAPs that stir memories. It gives me opportunity to re-joy (rejoice) in what God has done in my past. It also reminds me that I serve a God who has not changed! In 2018, it is still true!
It is still true!
Pastor Leon’s SOAP: Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
July 24, 2013: Isaiah 40-42; 1Peter 3
Scripture: Isaiah (NIV) 41:13 For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.”
Observation: This verse was on a scripture promise card that Sharon pulled out of a pack and gave me the morning I left our apartment to go to Viet Nam. I stuck it in my billfold where it stayed for several months. Then one day our unit was attacked by the enemy, killing several and wounding others. Before leaving that location, we paused at the perimeter. We would be moving down a grassy finger of the mountain with forest lining both sides of the tall grass. In my mind I could see the enemy in the trees just waiting for us to get started. I was scared. As we waited I pulled out my billfold, probably to look at a picture of Sharon, but I found that scripture promise card. As I read it, I had a sense of strength being poured into my body. Fear totally left! It was like someone had switched on the light in a dark room. God was with me! I had His promise of help! There was no need to fear! In His Presence there was no place for fear.
Application: God is still with me! There is still no reason to fear! God still walks with me! God still helps me! The enemy may be waiting just out of my sight, but God remains with me!
Prayer: Lord, You still take hold of my right hand and say to me, “Do not fear. I will help you!” Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!