Why do we ever doubt the power of God? Like Thomas in the New Testament we may find ourself in disbelief, not realizing the extent of Jesus’ resurrection power at work in our lives. The truth is that “… by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) and if we make ourselves vulnerable before Him we will find rest. It may be hard to leave our pain uncovered, but it actually allows us to be changed by God’s word. The Lord works in seasons not in cycles, walk hand in hand with Him so that we may be refined. Your unique story can be a powerful encouragement and witness to God’s glory if you surrender your scars to the ministry.
Questions for Meditation
- Sometimes, like Thomas, we demand a sign from God before we will believe. Think back to a time when this was true in your own life. How did God come through for you?
- When we experience pain, our instinct is to turn away from God and isolate ourselves. However, God wants us to bring all to him. How can you, right now, take your hidden pain into the presence of God?
- The Bible records that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and chastised for our peace (Isaiah 53:5). The Bible also records Jesus himself said, “peace be with you” (John 20:21). How can you receive the peace He gives peace every day?
- We are called to leave the presence of God different from the way we entered it. One of the ways we do this is by building an “altar” to commemorate God showing up in our lives. What does it look like to build an altar in your life? How does this commemoration help you throughout the normal flow of your day?
- Pastor Woods said we either have a victim mentality or a miracle memory. Which category do you fall into on a daily basis? How can you begin to rely on a miracle memory?
- By turning our pain to the presence of God we enter into the fellowship of Christ’s suffering. What do you need to uncover and turn to God’s presence today?
- Pastor Woods challenged us to surrender our scars to the ministry. As Jesus heals us, we are then called to help others who are in pain. How can you begin to use what God has brought you through to help others where you were?