Have you ever found it difficult to converse with someone you’re in conflict with? Yeah, me too.
What’s interesting, however, is that God chooses to converse with us all the time. And he chooses to do so in multiple ways. We simply have to provide a listening ear.
As I wrote about before, we’re beginning a new series this Sunday that focuses on The Scarlet Thread all throughout the scriptures. And Genesis 3 paints a pretty stark picture.
Sin entered the world.
Sin carried down through every person.
Every person inherits conflict with God.
Not a pretty picture, is it?
But this ties in perfectly with the 28/14 challenge I presented yesterday as well. It’s a great challenge, but while I know some of you may have agreed to the challenge, you’re unsure what answering these questions should look like? Well, I’m certain it will look a little bit different for everybody. But here’s a small sample of what I gleaned from day 1.
Reading: Matthew 1-2
Thoughts that entered my mind as I read:
- Who in the world is Jahoiachin? And does it really matter? (Matt. 1:11)
- On a more serious note: There’s some text here about the Messiah. What exactly does that even mean?
- I see several passages that say, “the prophet wrote…”. Interesting.
And then I began to think through the three questions:
Who is God?
Jesus is called Immanuel, which means God with us. So, God, the creator of everything decided to leave everything and be with us — the very people in conflict with him. That’s pretty incredible.
I also note some things about how God has chosen to communicate with us who are in conflict with him.
- He gave us his word (the Bible) as one form of communication.
- He has spoken through the prophets (5 times in these two chapters, Matthew mentions something from a prophet being fulfilled in Jesus!)
- He even spoke to people through an angel!
Who am I?
Matthew 1-2 says nothing about me, personally. Nothing at all. But a couple of things still come to light.
- Despite being in conflict with him, he speaks to me (and with me).
- I’m guessing, just guessing God may be speaking in a variety of ways in order to show that he is trustworthy.
What is God inviting me to do?
Based on what I’ve read, he’s inviting me to trust him at his word.
Those are just a few of the thoughts I had from day 1. I’m not planning to blog something all 14 days of this challenge, but I’m sure I’ll give some additional insights I’m learning sometime next week. Until then:
You’ve now read Matthew 1-2. What did you learn about God, yourself, and what God may be inviting you to do? Feel free to let me know in the comments below.
This is part two in a series on the 28/14 Challenge. I won’t post my thoughts each day of the challenge, but additional posts are provided at the links below.