Hello Relentless Students! This is day 29 of our 30-day Devo, we are coming to the end quite quickly. Today, we will continue our practice of examen prayer, you can find the guide on day 29 in the "30-day Devo" tab.
Our passage for today is found in 1 Chronicles 16:34-36 which says,
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Say also: 'Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!' Then all the people said, 'Amen!' and praised the Lord."
When the word "Amen" is in a passage, take a moment and pause. Why? Do you know what the word Amen means? We all say it, at the end of a prayer or when the pastor says something that fits just right, but why do we say it? The word Amen means "so be it". When we close in prayer we are saying to God "so be it". In other words, we thank Him for who He is, make our requests, and finish with so be it. Putting it in God's hands, accepting the good and the bad as part of the plan. Amen is a powerful word that embodies the Christian life, so be it. Not my will, but your's be done, Amen. So, whenever the word Amen appears in a passage stop and ask "what are we saying 'so be it' too?"
In this passage when we reflect, we see a few things we are saying "so be it" too. God is good, so be it. You are the God of our salvation, so be it. Deliver us, so be it. Blessed be the Lord forever, so be it. Praise Him, so be it. I think we can all agree that each of these truths is worth saying "so be it" too, but do we always feel that way? There are times that we get discouraged and we wonder, "Is God good?" or "Will He deliver us?" When these questions come we often don't want to say Amen. We think that to say Amen means we are agreeing to it, so we only use the term when it's in our favor. The issue is, that's not how we are called to live. Not my will, but yours, amen. When we say yes to God's will we have to trust that He is always good, even in moments when we don't feel it. Trust that He has a plan and let Him do what He is going to do with the mindset of "so be it".
Back when I was in middle school, one of my best friends' father passed away. He died of cancer and it was incredibly hard for the family to be okay. Not even a month before he passed I stayed over with them for about a week. During that time, I got pretty close to the dad. He was a positive guy who, despite the circumstance, had a smile on his face and trust in God. One day, I woke up early and he was up drinking some coffee. We sat and talked for a while and he said "God is going to use this for good, no matter what. I thank Him for the time I got, my family, and this journey." He never stopped saying Amen. Even when his life was turned upside down and no hope to go back, he was willing to say, "so be it".
We are in a place right now where we have the choice, say "so be it" to our circumstance, or allow bitterness to control us, blaming God for not doing anything. I vote we say "so be it". Let's trust that even in a time filled with darkness that God has something good in store because He does. Death has been defeated, we have eternal life through Christ. The least we could do is say "so be it" and trust that light will penetrate the darkness surrounding us. God is good, His love endures forever, let us give thanks to Him for delivering us from death.
Your challenge for today is to go to the "30-day Devo" tab above and scroll down to the 28th day. Read the guided prayer and journal about your engagement with God today.
Our prayer for today,
God, we thank you for this day. Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for loving us. You are good in every sense of the word. May we be reminded of your goodness in moments when we don't want to say Amen. Remind us that you've already won and we can always have hope for the future. Let us be a people who turn to even the worst of situations and say "so be it". God, we love you and we know you love us. We pray all of this in Jesus' name, so be it.