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06 Dec 2017

A Picture Full of Scribbles

by Sian Davies

Start by reading…Hebrews 9Psalms 106Proverbs 6

Psalm 106:23 says:

“…But Moses, his chosen one, stepped between the Lord and the people…”

While global trends and fashions shift, one thing that never changes is our love for the hero storyline. It’s as though there is something deep inside us that knows we need rescuing. But that’s just it, isn’t it? We do.

Just as Israel worshipped a statue of a grass-eating bull, we get distracted from Christ’s ways and need God’s grace to get us back on track. I sometimes imagine the Lord gives us a beautiful picture to colour and lots of colouring pencils. Instead of asking Him which colour goes where, we get frustrated about colouring within the lines and scribble violently across the page.

However, this psalm is more than just a reminder of our sinfulness and God’s grace when we stray. It is also a psalm of heroes: first God, then Moses and finally Phinehas.

A few years ago, a friend I have known since I was seven reminded me of a conversation we once had in the playground. I told her my one ambition was to save someone’s life. Although rather a bizarre thing to say as a seven-year-old, it reminded me that I had always felt this call to sacrifice for a greater good.

We are all called to follow in the footsteps of our Lord, and many other heroes of the Bible, to restore back to Him those who are lost. Where has God asked you to step out so someone hears the call to return home? Can you see them running towards Jesus with their picture full of scribbles?

Pause and reflect: “Lord, help me to get out of the cycle of sinning and repenting. Let me be someone You can call upon to play my part in sharing Your grace and seeing people return to You.”

Sian Davies
Sian Davies

Sian is an active member of Victory Church, Cwmbran. She is passionate about child protection and social justice, and has over 10 years’ experience working in this field in both Christian ministries and secular organisations. Alongside full-time employment in the UK, Sian is also the Director of Biojemmss, an organisation working with children at risk in Uganda, and is an approved Elim Missionary.

Your thoughts & prayers

  • Marian Matthews-nee Mackay

    Great devotional Sian, and I love your Pause and reflect. We all need to ensure we grow ever closer to Jesus and don’t continue to treat His Grace and forgiveness lightly. When we do that we trample His precious blood. So many Scriptures came flooding into my mind as I reached the end of your devotional:- ”

    “… For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”,
    2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV)

    “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize……” 1 Corinthians 9:24

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2

    And Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will obey My commandments” John 14:15.

    Salvation sets us free ‘from sin’, not ‘to sin’.

  • Annie Brown

    I love that image, thank you Sian, lots to ponder x