Grow Deep - A Time to Transition Edition - Week 3

Week 3: May 17-23

A Time to Grow

Memory Verse: “(Jesus said) Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me, or else believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” John 14:11

School at home, and work at home … the everyday “stay at home” is challenging! The good news is that God, our Father, engages us in our homes every day. He is often unnoticed, but He is never absent.

It’s springtime! The entire world sees the Father’s work right outside our windows. Spring is filled with the vivid marks of His ever-present handiwork. He creates, grows, nurtures, provides, and protects all things in Heaven and on earth. His good work includes every provision, protection and growth He lovingly gives us. God is at work in our homes.

His work is often explained away as science, random beauty, or even our personal stewardship of the land. But God our Father gives us the Bible and His Spirit to make His presence clear in all our activity. Behind all that we are, create and tend is the work of our Heavenly Father who steadies our hand in every season.

It may be a time to shelter at home, but it is also a time for our homes to grow and spring to life. Daily reading and reflecting on Scripture allow us the opportunity to visit with our loving Father … to “discover” our Father in the everyday, ordinary things we see around us. This is a time to grow in the creative work He is passing on to us, to see His daily provision and protection, to thank and delight in Him. This is A Time to Grow.

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism provides a paragraph of vivid insights into the presence of God the Father in our lives. This week’s Grow Deep uses one sentence or phrase from that paragraph each day to encourage you as you reflect on God’s Word. The simple activities and reflections can be shared with children and everyone in your home or contact list. This is time for us to grow.

Sunday, May 17
Read: Genesis 2:4-9
Reflect: “I believe that God has made me and all creatures …” Write down verbs describing your Father’s creative work. Look around your setting. What do you see? How do these verses from Genesis help you to recognize God at work in every detail you see?

Monday, May 18

Read: Psalm 139:13-18
Reflect: “[God, our Father] has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them.” It’s easy to focus on the flaws and failings of your body. Use these verses to see your body with the Father’s eyes. What are five gifts of God you see from His perspective? How will you use one today, during this time of transition, for His glory? 

Tuesday, May 19

Read: Matthew 6:25-33
Reflect: “[God, our Father] also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have.” Our Father doesn’t give the minimum; He gives extravagantly! Jesus tells us to look for it! Make a list of ten extravagant things that you see God has made. How can a list like this help you when you worry about essentials?

Wednesday, May 20

Read: Psalm 145:15-21
Reflect: “[God, our Father] richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life.” How will you call on your Father for help and support today during this particular time in our history? What do you specifically need as we all begin to transition away from our current “stay-at-home” lifestyle? What blessing do you desire? How will you show gratitude by “blessing His holy name?”

Thursday, May 21

Read: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3
Reflect: “[God, our Father] defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil.” Because the Lord is always faithful, we shift our focus from fear to prayer for the protection of others. Identify three people today you can pray for the Lord to protect. How can this exercise protect you from the enemy?

Friday, May 22

Read: 1 John 3:1-3
Reflect: “All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me.” How has immersing yourself in God the Father’s activity this week helped you to grow in your relationship with God and to know Him better? How will you celebrate His love for you as a child of God today?

Saturday, May 23

Read: Colossians 1:9-14
Reflect: “For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey [my God and Father].” What words or phrases in these verses help you to creatively express your devotion to your heavenly Father? What specifically will you do today to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord?”

Contributed by Pastor Bill Geis