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Reflections: Direction

As students and learners, we want to get into the habit of linking and constructing meaning from our experiences. Such work requires reflection.
Reflection has many facets. For example, reflecting on work enhances its meaning. Reflecting on experiences encourages insight and understanding.
In that light, consider this reflection on this week’s message.

Direction (Pastor Terry Kim)

Scripture: Acts 1:12-17; 23-26

12Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk[c] from the city. 13When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. 15 A few days later there was a meeting of the believers, about a hundred and twenty in all, and Peter stood up to speak. 16 “My friends,” he said, “the scripture had to come true in which the Holy Spirit, speaking through David, made a prediction about Judas, who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 Judas was a member of our group, for he had been chosen to have a part in our work.”…  
23 So they proposed two men: Joseph, who was called Barsabbas (also known as Justus), and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know the thoughts of everyone, so show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to serve as an apostle in the place of Judas, who left to go to the place where he belongs.” 26 Then they drew lots to choose between the two men, and the one chosen was Matthias, who was added to the group of eleven apostles.

Have you ever felt the need for direction? Life is full of difficult choices, and sometimes we might feel spiritually lost and in need of God’s guiding hand. The Disciples in Acts knew the key to unlocking God’s help was to rely on His will and purpose for their lives. They didn’t tackle their problems on their own; rather, they turned to God. As believers, we need to follow their example and seek God guidance.

Let’s remember these three points from Pastor Terry’s message:
  1. When we seek God’s direction, we must recognize a need.
  2. When we seek God’s direction, we must pray AND act.
  3. When we seek God’s direction, we must trust in God’s answer.

Reflection Questions:

Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
  • In what ways have you felt God’s guidance? How does God answer your prayers for guidance?
  • How often do you ask for God’s will to be done in your life? What are some areas in your life where you feel you need more of God’s wisdom and help?
  • How would you rate your level of trust in God?
  • What do you think is the connection between faith and seeking God’s guidance?

Prayer:

Gracious God, help me to seek your guidance so I can be encouraged to do your will. Give me your wisdom to discern your will, so I can work for your glory. Amen.