February 14, 2018: SOAP #2995:  Leviticus 23-24; Psalm 24; Acts 21 Remaining Steady (reworked SOAP #1787 from 10/25/2014) Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 21:3 After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. 4 Finding the disciples there, we […]

February 14, 2018: SOAP #2995:  Leviticus 23-24; Psalm 24; Acts 21
Remaining Steady (reworked SOAP #1787 from 10/25/2014)

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 21:3 After sighting Cyprus and passing to the south of it, we sailed on to Syria. We landed at Tyre, where our ship was to unload its cargo. 4 Finding the disciples there, we stayed with them seven days. Through the Spirit they urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5 But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. 6 After saying good-bye to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home.

Observation:    After doing all they could, there came the moment when Paul and his company went aboard the ship and the others returned home.   Love for the people compelled Paul to stay; love for Jesus compelled Paul to go.

Application:      We love them so.   We know they love us.   They leave the room and we watch the door close behind them.   Or we watch the door of the plane as it closes.   Or we watch the car as it backs out of the driveway.   Or we stand by the train as it slowly starts down the track.   Or we stand by their casket as it is closed for the final time.   Love ties our hearts together, but a greater love has called us away.

There is comfort when those leaving and those staying have the same commitment to the One who loves us both supremely.

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, love for you calls for commitment.   Commitment to You and to Your will keeps us steady through times of good-by.   How we look forward to the day when there will be no good-by.      Amen

Pastor Leon
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