January 08, 2020: SOAP #3688: Genesis 20-22; Luke 8
Scripture: Luke (NIV) 8:42 …As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no-one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
Observation: The crowd almost crushed him. They jostled against him. The did not realize who they were touching and expected nothing. But what a difference with the woman. She touched him on purpose. She touched him with expectation. Her touch was noticed by him. Her touch made a difference in her.
Application: Before writing SOAP devotionals, I read the Bible every day. It was the right thing to do. I was gaining information and knowledge that would be important to me later. Often God would bring my attention to something He wanted to use in my life or for me to use in a sermon. But when nothing in my reading seemed to be of immediate importance, I was not disappointed as I had not expected anything.
But what a difference now! I expect God to speak to me through His word. I prepare myself to make a record of what He says. I expect that God will speak to me every day. And for the past 10 years, He has! Every day!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, what a difference faith makes. You want to be believed. You like it when I depend on you. You like it when I depend on you to do what I cannot do for myself. You like it when I come to Bible reading with a SOAP document already open, waiting to record what You say to me. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!