SOAP STANDS FOR:
AN EXAMPLE: WATER IS ON ITS WAY
Here’s an example showing you exactly how to complete a SOAP study of your own.
The whole Israelite community set out from the Desert of Sin, traveling from place to place as the LORD commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. ––Exodus 17:1
“At the command of the Lord, the Israelites camped, but there was no water to drink. You’d think that if God commanded a camping spot, there’d be immediately plenty of water, as well as a buffet line and waiters to bring them coffee and dessert. You’d think that if God had planned it, all the logistics would have been taken into consideration and a catering company would be waiting for the Israelites as they arrived.”
“There will be times, even though the Lord leads us when we will find ourselves with sparse resources. Not enough money. Not enough help. And not enough encouragement. But it doesn’t mean that God is not in the situation.
Maybe you’re like me . . . being patient comes hard when I am thirsty after a “long trek.” We can react prematurely, jumping to the wrong conclusions about how God is working. In doing so, we make the desert a hotter place than it needs to be. God is not finished yet. Think about it—God had water stored in a rock!
How often, from a source, we least exp,ect, God provides. He did for the Israelites, and he will again for you and me today!”
“Lord, thank you for helping me to understand that just because there is a shortage of resources, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t led me to this place. I will wait for you to provide, knowing that you still have more to come. Remind me of this when I panic or complain.”
This is the heartbeat of our Bible reading (and studying, meditating and memorizing) — to know and enjoy “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:8), before whom even our greatest loves are considered nothing. This is the highest task of Bible reading, not to internalize a dry list of dos and donts, nor to find instruction or wisdom for living, but to know and enjoy more of God.
Let us know below your other Bible Study methods, SOAP experiences and examples!