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Genesis 22, Matthew 21, Nehemiah 11, Acts 21

Abraham is called by God to demonstrate his faith.  We all know the story I’m sure, I can vividly remember the cartoon version I watched on VHS as a little boy, of Abraham and his young son traveling up the mountain to the place, which God had called him.  The young Isaac realizing part way up the hill that they hadn’t brought a lamb for sacrifice, and asking his father what they were going to sacrifice.  Abraham’s response demonstrates a large amount of faith, he knew God had promised him descendants and blessing, and he trusted in God to provide the lamb for sacrifice.

There are times in all of our lives where we have to put flesh and bones on the faith that we have claimed.  Even Abraham’s great faith in telling his son God would provide the sacrifice, didn’t stop the process, because this time, words were not going to be enough.  I can remember the first time God called me, it was easy to respond.  I was at the end of my rope, after my 3rd attempt at suicide which by all means should have worked, I realized that God wasn’t going to let me go, and he spoke in my heart that he had things here for me to do.  It was easy to follow that call, because what else did I have going for me? Absolutely nothing. I was broken, and lost.

A little over 4 years later, and I think about the comforts in which I now rest.  God has provided schooling at a great biblically centered university, the wife of my dreams, a job in ministry, great friends and supportive family, and a place to live.  What else could I ask for?

Abraham had already received much of what had been promised, but he was then asked to give that up, to receive more than he could ever comprehend.  Am I content with what I have now so much so that when God asks me to give up the comforts of my current situation for something more, will I trust him? Or will I be so nearsighted as to withhold things that God has given, and miss out on all that he wants to give.  My pastor gives a great analogy, which says that you can’t accept a gift with closed hands.  If you hold everything you have been given with open hands, how much more can the Lord bless you!

I must remember when it seems like God asks the impossible, his desire is to bless and take care of me, and he always fulfills his promises.

Sam A. (guest on 66 Books)

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Gen. 18; Matt. 17; Neh. 7; Acts 17

Singled out.

19 “I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised.” Genesis 18:19 NLT.

The Lord singles out Abraham to direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord.

In Nehemiah, some were not singled out, their names not found.

64 They searched for their names in the genealogical records, but they were not found, so they were disqualified from serving as priests. Nehemiah 7:64.

Paul was singled out too. God used him in the everyday … Paul was just doing life as usual, going to the synagogue–as was his custom.

As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people. He explained the prophecies and proved that the Messiah must suffer and rise from the dead. He said, “This Jesus I’m telling you about is the Messiah.” Acts 17:2-3

And while it seems business-as-usual, it wasn’t. He was threatened, pursued, and on the run. He went from place to place with his message.

To Berea.

10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. Acts 17:10

And Athens.

17 He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there. Acts 17:17

I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. I used to feel a bit short-changed by that. Now I see things a little differently. Nothing is impossible with God–it’s mentioned a couple of times in today’s reading. I see his grace poured out all over my life–singling me out too in a variety of ways, some rather ironic. Actually, most of them. He’s got a deep humor–and a great love.

Dear God, I know who it was I could have been without you–and who I am because of you. You make all things new. Thank you for singling me out, for tasks I never dreamed possible–but made possible through you. Help me to navigate the everyday, to follow and serve you.

Courtney (66books365)

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