Reflections Week of 8/28/16

Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in (#2yearjourney). 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 Gen 15:1-16 (Tuesday 8/30)
Do you ever not understand? Have you ever wondered when the blessing will come… Or if? As I was reading this passage I felt for Abram, and with him. God has promised us incredible blessing and yet there are times in life where it feels like anything but blessing is coming our way. In this passage God is drawing Abram’s eyes to the eternal horizon. So often I find myself fixated on the present that I can become doubtful of God’s intentions with my life, of his goodness. But just as God promised Abram a future, we have in Christ a promise of a future in eternity with our Father. Just like Abram needed a sign of the promise (the covenant ceremony) we also feel the need for proof of God’s promises to us. In 2 Corinthians 1:2 it says that the Holy Spirit has been given to us as a deposit assuring us of the future blessing! Knowing the Spirit of God is living in me and through me has been a continuous encouragement to me when I become fixated on the difficulties in life.
For Reflection: What is going on in your life? Are you questioning God’s promises? How might the Holy Spirit be an encouragement right now? Are you looking to the now or are you looking to the future that God has promised those who are in Christ Jesus? What could you do today to start looking to that eternal horizon?
Read Gen 22:1-14 (Saturday 9/3)
I can’t imagine. To be asked to give up your son? To be asked to give up the blessing that God gave you? I do not yet have children and it pains even me to think about doing this, I can’t imagine actually going through with this request of God. I find strength in faith here. Abraham had incredible faith. Not only was he obeying but eagerly so, as seen in the early morning (wasting no time) and in the confidence in which he responds to Isaac who asked about the sacrifice. Abraham had lived a life constantly seeing God’s hand at work and so at this point in his life he has complete faith that God will provide. It is amazing because we have just seen him questioning God’s provision in chapter 15 and yet here he is trusting and obeying, dependent on God’s goodness.
For Reflection: What is God asking you to do today? What might he be asking you to give up for his sake? How do you respond when He calls you? Are you quick to take action or trudging along in labored obedience? How can you say yes to God leading today?
Reflections written by Taylor Floyd
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