What happens when you’ve been called into battle? Perhaps your children have asked you to fight on their behalf. Maybe it’s your co-workers. What happens when you are minding your business and someone asks you to lend them a hand in what they are facing? How do you handle it?...

God, as I pick up the battles that those before me left, I ask that you strengthen me for the journey. Help me to make them proud and to advance your cause toward liberation. Amen.

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Lectionary Week
June 17–23, 2024
Scripture Overview

When I was growing up in the church, there was a saying that I always heard from the older members: “God may not come when you want, but God’s always on time.” In 1994, gospel recording artist Dottie Peoples popularized this mantra in her song, “On Time God.” The idea that God might not come when we want God to—but that God is never late—was a theological declaration of the kairos time of God. Though we may not be able to name when God will show up, and though we may even be disappointed because God did not show up when we had hoped, we still have a blessed assurance that God will come when we are most in need. We know that God will come right on time. In our passages this week we look at circumstances of dire need and experiences of an on-time God showing up just when it seemed all hope was lost.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read 1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49. Have you ever walked into the middle of a battle that you didn’t anticipate? What did you do? How did you respond?
Read Psalm 9:9-20. When times are hard, how is your trust? On a scale of 1 to 10, how are you doing with trusting God in this current season of your life?
Read 2 Corinthians 6:1-13. What would it mean for God to show up for you? What would that look like?
Read Mark 4:35-41. How is your faith in times of turmoil? How do you engage God for help when you believe God is able?

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