When the storms of life hit our doorsteps, how do we react? If we know that God is with us, why do we panic? It seems so logical that if Jesus is present, we have nothing to fear, and yet our humanity gets the better of us in times of...

God, I ask that you make me attentive to your presence in my life, even when life gets hard. Let me never forget that you are in my boat. You are with me. 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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