So my 12 year old daughter and I are heading to South Asia tomorrow afternoon. From a ministry perspective, we are heading there to establish a new work in a large city in that region. We will be scouting out the land and paving the way to send laborers there for years to come with the hope of establishing an indigenous ministry focusing on university students.
As a parent, I have a hope tucked inside my heart that God will use this trip to profoundly impact the life of my daughter. She’s a good kid, every bit an American and a pre-teen with all that comes with that. I am not sure if you have ever read the classic children’s story, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, She is a quirky old lady that lives in an upside down house and has a knack for curing kids from bad habits like not bathing, not eating their green beans etc. I am feeling a little piggly wiggly here and I have hopes that a good dose of South Asia would be good for my kid!
As I have been thinking about how to make the most of our time together, and the reality of a 12 year old’s concept of boring old devotionals, I have decided to come up with a series of “One Verse Devotions” for each day. We’ll look at one Bible verse each day(okay maybe a couple of surrounding verses, but trying to keep it short and un-boring is the idea)
So I thought I would start by sharing one here that has struck me lately. A friend of mine was leading a Bible lesson in Job 1 and I got stuck at verse 20. It says this: “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship.” The “this” the author refers to is Job’s whole life being torn apart. His kids are dead. His money is gone, his property destroyed… and then, “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship.”
What kind of perspective did Job have? What did Job believe about God that would lead him to this response? Or how deeply rooted must Job’s faith have been! Contrast this to how angry and frustrated I get when I have trouble uploading a file to my mailchimp account! When I lose my keys, my heart inclination is not to worship but is more apt to follow the advice of Job’s wife, “Curse God and die.” Well maybe that’s extreme, but upon losing everything, Job’s response was to fall down and worship. That is challenging! Where Job must have been deeply rooted in faith, I think it points out how shallow I can be and how I can often take God for granted.
So today’s application? Baby steps towards God-dependency. Look for praise-worthy things today. Acknowledge God and give thanks in small things. In prayer, try to focus not on supplication (asking God for stuff) but in adoration, confession and thanksgiving.
Feel free to reply with your thoughts about this one verse devotion. Also feel free to suggest one verse devo ideas of your own.