SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Isaiah 43.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.” –Isaiah 43:2
Waters are barriers to progress–we must go through them.
Fire refers to trials. In both cases, God will be with us, but we must do the walking.
When Moses came to the Red Sea or Joshua to the Jordan River, they needed to step forth and trust God. There are barriers to fruitful ministry on campus, and I must step into them and go through them. When I do, God will be with me. And if there are trials with it, God will keep me from being scorched.
Father, You delight to show Your strength by bringing Your people through barriers and obstacles. When I face obstacles in serving You, help me not to turn back but to press forward, trusting in Your power to get me through. Help me to truly make a difference for Your Kingdom and in Your strength.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.