This week at WNW was week 2 of the "Start" series. We opened with a worship set that included "Song of Hope" (Robbie Seay Band), "Our God" (Chris Tomlin), and "Forever Reign" (Hillsong). After a brief recap of the previous week we got right into this weeks lesson. I began by asking the question "What do you do on the days when you do not feel like spending time with Jesus through Bible study, prayer, and worship through song?" We again read the parable of the two sons in Matthew 21:28-31, this week focusing on the first son. Verse 39 says that he "regretted it" or changed his mind and went to work for the father. The question we considered was what do when we are this son? How do we go from refusing to do what we should to obedience? How do we go from not wanting to spend time with Jesus to actually doing what we know we should? The reality is that there are going to be days when we do not feel like reading our Bibles, praying, going to church, and singing worship songs. When this occurs we have two choices. We can either choose to ignore the problem, or we can face it. If we choose to ignore it then the problem will never go away. Instead we must face the situation and hit it head on. I gave the students an acrostic for the word "FACE" that is a simple action plan to use on the days they do not feel like spending time with Jesus.
-F- Feelings: First understand that our feelings or emotions are misleading and will change from day to day. Our feelings cannot be trusted. Jeremiah 17:9
-A- Admit: Admit/Confess to God exactly how you feel. Lamentations 2:19
-C- Call: Call on God and ask Him to help you deal with your feelings. 1 John 5:14-15
-E- Exalt: Exalt and praise Him anyway. When Job received the news that his livestock had been stolen, his servants murdered, and his children tragically die, he grieved and fell to the ground and worshipped God anyway (Job 1:20). Why did he do that? Because while his circumstances were not ideal, he still knew that God is good (Psalm 100:5).
We closed with a time of prayer for students to examine their hearts to see how they have been lately in this area. When they do not feel like spending time with Jesus have they been ignoring the issue or facing it head on.