Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the message preached the previous Sunday. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Genesis 17:1-9
God makes Abraham an incredible promise here. He is already giving this ninety nine year old man a son, but now He says Abraham will have a multitude of nations as his descendants! God promises that Abraham and the generations after him will be exceedingly fruitful and will forevermore by given the land of Canaan! It even says that kings will come from him. All of this is promised as well as the amazing offer to still be led by this all powerful and miraculous God! And all God wants in return is for Abraham to keep this covenant. It is so easy for me to look at this passage and say, “What was Abraham thinking? He could have had this land!” However, I know that it is all too common for me to doubt the great promises God makes as well. This passage is a reminder of how faithful God is. We know now that Abraham lacked trust, but we ourselves often need to reflect on God’s promises in our own lives, and trust that they are true too.
Questions for Reflection: Think of some promises God has for you. What stops you from believing them to be true?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:6-14
It is often said that people learn best by example, but this is not always done. More often than not, people learn by making their own mistakes instead. This passage is a plea to avoid that. We are given clear examples of sin and its consequences and told not to repeat the. Sounds easy right? The Lord says to flee from idolatry. I used to think this was pretty obvious-I mean who had a huge golden calf in their house anymore? But as I reflected this week, I was reminded that idols can come in many different forms. A common one today in America is football. When was the last time you got so excited about God that you painted your face and wore a foam finger for Him? We constantly put other worldly things before God. This is idolatry and temptation! But this passage is also comforting, because we know that there will not be anything so tempting that we cannot resist it. God promises that he will provide escape when we need it, and He is faithful, so we an trust this promise to be true.
Questions for Reflection: What hidden idols are there in your life? How can you overcome the temptation to put them before God?
Reflections written by Bailey Carlson