Daily Archives: September 9, 2019

September 9 – Love Offering Day 9

This month we are doing a 30-day “Love Offering” study by Rachael Adams. Each day will have a verse of Scripture with an application, to not merely listen to God’s Word but DO what it says (James 1:22). From Rachael: “Time spent with God and time spent serving those around us, changes the condition of our own hearts in the process. Our faith in action creates a chain reaction of full hearts and eternal impacts.” Click HERE to visit the “Love Offering” website for more resources and a daily calendar of applications. Please use the comment section of our website to share your stories on what God is doing through the daily applications.

You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We are excited to be starting our 5th year of the Discover One Thing online study!

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (Context vs. 1-12)

Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness

Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:
I saw the tears of the oppressed—
    and they have no comforter;
power was on the side of their oppressors—
    and they have no comforter.
And I declared that the dead,
    who had already died,
are happier than the living,
    who are still alive.
But better than both
    is the one who has never been born,
who has not seen the evil
    that is done under the sun.
And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Fools fold their hands
    and ruin themselves.
Better one handful with tranquility
    than two handfuls with toil
    and chasing after the wind.
Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:
There was a man all alone;
    he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
    yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
    a miserable business!

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Application: Talk to someone sitting alone.

SOAP Note

No Man Is an Island | Becky Newman

Scripture

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Observation

Relationship is a necessity for how God made us. He did not create us to be alone. When Adam, through relationship, told God he was lonely, God created a companion and help-mate for him. Plus, God’s two commands for us are all about relationship — love God above all, in relationship with Him, and love others, in relationship with them.

Application

Talk to someone sitting alone. I have been that person sitting alone a lot. I have pitied myself in it. But at some point I realized that I need to be the one to act to change it. First, by not choosing to sit alone. Second, in that choice, to find a person sitting alone and sit next to them to make sure they don’t make that same mistake. As uncomfortable and awkward as I am sitting with someone I don’t know and trying to start a conversation, You give me the strength to show love to others.

Prayer

As I have the opportunities today and this week, open my eyes to those sitting alone and give me the strength to sit with them and start a conversation.

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