Day 2: Come Together Part 2
Think about a time in your life when you felt safe enough to share everything you were thinking and feeling? Chances are, it isn’t something that happens often. There’s this thought of, “I don’t want others to judge me or think less of me for what I’m thinking or feeling.”
But interestingly, in Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth, he was hopeful that non-Christians attending a worship gathering would lay their hearts bare, would be convicted of their sins, and would ultimately worship God as a result. He writes, “But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you (1 Corinthians 14:24-25)!”
Admittedly, our culture is different from the culture of ancient Corinth. Nevertheless, there is still something about a Christian gathering that hopefully leads to Christians and non-Christians alike to exclaim, “God is really among us!”
As you read today, consider this: In what ways have you experienced the presence of God? How may God be inviting you to help others experience His presence?
READING: 1 CORINTHIANS 14:1-25
Be specific: In what ways have you experienced the presence of God?
How may God be inviting you to experience His presence more often? How may God be inviting you to help others experience His presence?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Nehemiah 9
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today?
Heavenly Father, I’m grateful that Paul has reminded us that You are present at all times and in all situations. Even though there are times in which I am not aware of Your presence, You are with me. When I am at work, You are with me. When I am preparing dinner, You are with me. When I am feeling broken and discontent, You are with me. When I am feeling completely at peace, You are with me. Today, I simply want to rest in this truth, that You are with me at all times, in all situations, no matter what. May I rest in You today. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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