S – Scripture Luke 22:24 And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded as the greatest.
O – Observation The disciples are struggling for position. It’s in us to be great, to rule ( Gen 1:28) But our definition of success it distorted. We think great is power and authority, to command. Jesus see’s greatness as – SERVING
A – Application While they (the disciples) are struggling and arguing how to be great, Jesus starts serving and becomes least (John 13) True greatness is in serving. But not as an event or project! But propelled by Love!! Jesus served to the point of Death!
P – Prayer Dear Lord, help me to live my life not striving to be great. Help me to Serve and be propelled by Love!!
S – Scripture Exodus 33:22-23
And while my glory passes by, I will put you in a “cleft” of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. vs 23 Then I will take away my hand and YOU SHALL SEE MY BACK.
O – Observation
When the dark times of our lives comes it’s only because God has tucked me in a cleft of the rock and covered and protected me with his hand. Thats why it is so dark and I feel the darkness. I may sense or believe it is the worst place to be and it feels like I’m never going to get out. It feels like God is so far away or has abandoned me. BUT, actually the opposite is true. God is passing by. Could the dark time actual be the best time? The time when God is actually the closest to us, at work making his perfect will???
A – Application
Though it is a dark time in our life and we can’t see and our world seems to be free falling and we utterly feel alone, Christ is the most present to us. I need to SEE it for what it is. He is NOT far or absent. In fact, He is the closest to us that He can be. He has us safe and protected with his hand in the cleft of the rock is what Exodus 33:22-23 says. Then He will remove his hand and we will LOOK and SEE His Back. He was there all along. When the season of darkness is over and we come out of it, if we “REMEMBER to LOOK, we will see God’s back. When I look in the rearview mirror, I can see that he was there all along. How about that! God reveals Himself in rearview mirrors!!
P – Prayer
Lord thank you for revealing your truth about the dark times in my life. I know longer have to be afraid but can trust that you are close by and you have hidden me in the cleft of the rock. Thank you that you reveal yourself in Rearview Mirrors. Help me to always remember to look so I can see your back…… AMEN