August 21, 2019: SOAP #3548:  Jeremiah 21, 24, 27; Psalm 118; 1John 2 Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; 23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. Observation:   One would expect builders to know the type of material to be used in their […]

August 21, 2019: SOAP #3548: Jeremiah 21, 24, 27; Psalm 118; 1John 2

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 118:22 The stone the buildersrejected has become the capstone; 23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelousin our eyes.

Observation:   Onewould expect builders to know the type of material to be used in their building.  They are the experts.  They should be able to recognize stones to beused in the foundations. 

The magi expected those in government to know where the King of the Jews wouldbe born.  Many people expected that theHigh Priest in the temple would know where the Messiah would be born.  They were considered the experts. 

The experts missed it!  They were not soexpert!    

Application:  I am an adult.   To some, I am an expert"I must be; I am over 70 years old!   In looking at the people around me, it may be easy to miss the value that God has placed in their lives.   Sometimes I take the word of the 'expert' about the value of a young person's life.   I need the help of the Holy Spirit to see what is hidden in the life of a youth.   Instead of writing them off as having no value, I need to let the Holy Spirit show me the potential buried in their hearts.  

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, help me see the young peoplearound me as you see them.  Show me theirpotential.  Help me see below thesurface.  Use me to encourage them andhelp them see what you can do with their lives. Amen

Pastor Leon
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