When We Know What We Value, We Know What Decisions To Make

Hope Moquin

Let’s talk about falling short. Because it happens and we all have done it. But here is the thing. Sin is not just a one time thing. Because when we are caught in a cycle of repetitive sin, it never just stays in one lane. Sin is expansive. Sin does not maintain itself in only one specific area. Sin owns one specific area then moves its way to another. Then before we know it, sin can rule the entirety of our lives.

Just as an Earthly parent knows their child, God is the same way. But He’s deeper. In our mess, He’s further than we are. In the frustration, He’s slowing us down to see a glimpse of Him. He’s good. I don’t know where you’ve been, but He’s good. I don’t know who does not understand, but He’s good. Get that in your soul.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my salvation and my God.

Psalm 42:5-6

In Psalm 42 and 43, you’ll read this passage three times. Three representing what is solid, real, and substantial. David writes “Why are you cast down, o my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?" Then directly after he writes "Hope in God; for I shall again praise him. My salvation and my God.” I adore these passages because it's been so prevalent in our lives. All of us. David speaks to his soul (his mind, will, and emotions) and is asking in desperation "Why are you down cast?" Because his heart is for God and his spirit is well, but yet his soul is faint. So he speaks to it while regaining sight of what he knows "Hope in God; I shall again praise him.”

He’s good. Disregarding whatever life is throwing at you, take heart because you SHALL again praise him.

VERSE

For it is you who light my lamp;

the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop,

and by my God I can leap over a wall.

This God—his way is perfect;[d]

the word of the Lord proves true;

he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the Lord?

And who is a rock, except our God?—

the God who equipped me with strength

and made my way blameless.

He made my feet like the feet of a deer

and set me secure on the heights.

He trains my hands for war,

so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me,

and your gentleness made me great.

You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.

I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed. I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.

For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.

Psalm 18:28-39 (ESV)

CHALLENGE:

More than anything in my life I am certain that the One who breathes life into our own lungs, will never allow us to be in pain for no reason. He does not cross his arms when we are reaching out. He does not close His eyes on our frailty. He does not hide when we are distraught. And He does not turn His back on our instability. But He’s the kind of God who gets down and says, “Hey, come closer. Let me show you how we’re gonna use this.” This week, reach out to someone who has been going through a difficult time. Rather than encouraging them with who they could be one day, dig a little deeper and point out some really good things about them. Help them to feel noticed and that they have positive gifts about them now.

REFLECTION

I. Have you ever been in a season where you kept digging deeper each time you messed up? Why do you think you kept digging rather than putting a stop to whatever it was you were doing?

I. What does the phrase, “You have so much potential” mean to you? Is there anyone in your life you need to pull out the current strengths instead of pointing out their future potential?

II. What kind of situations in your past have you been in that you feel like no one else would understand? How have you used these situations to relate with others? What can you obtain from these situations to impact somebody else?

III. I believed abuse in a relationship is normal. That possessiveness meant love. And that sexual affection is what fixed problems. Can you relate to any of these? If yes, how did your views on these change? If no, what are some false things you have believed?

IV. Like David spoke to his soul to regain sight of who God was - What in your life do you need to speak to?

You are worth taking the time to look at your life and in the areas that may be holding you back from being the person you want to be. The areas and the habits that are restricting you from stepping into the person you want to be. The thing about falling short is that it CAN be fought. We just have to have the willingness and the desire to do so. We have to care more about where we want to go than what we want to do in the moment. Because when you know what you value, you will know what decisions to make. And when you care about where you want to go, you will care about the things that will keep you from getting there.

Take the time to look at your life today and see the person who you want to be. And then take steps towards that person.

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