So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
This is the time of year we celebrate God sacrificing His throne in heaven to become like us. We often lose the weight of this sacrifice during this joyous time. In Genesis God does something completely out of left field, He asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Isaac, Abraham’s beloved son and the future of God’s covenant that rested on him. But Abraham obeyed God, and as we know Issac was spared.
That’s the weight of sacrifice we should draw upon as we realize the depths of God’s love for us.
…and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
How does an ordinary man get called by God to be blessed and spawn many nations that included Jesus Christ in his lineage? Easy, Abraham was obedient. Childless, he believed that God would allow him to have children, even in his old age. Abraham obeyed and God followed through!
What’s holding you back from receiving blessings? Obedience is the only way God can effectively use you. Humble yourself and watch God blow you away!
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
As we draw near to the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is fitting to remember why He came. Because God loves us to the degree he does, He created a way to reconcile our broken relationship to Him.
It is by God’s grace that we are free! We’ve been saved from our sinful nature and now have eternal citizenship in heaven. God is good!
But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.
The one thing I’ve noticed about myself is I’m always in survival mode. After 7 years of trials and disappointments, I’ve kind of conditioned myself to hope within certain boundaries. To that, I use distractions to keep my mind off of my situation, always expecting supposed triumphs will end in failure. I’m constantly reminded to survive because if I ever peel back the curtain of the distractions it would involve the weight of risk my heart has not been conditioned to carry.
But God doesn’t want me to be distracted from His purpose. He wants me to have hope at every turn, to persevere, to believe that triumphs are coming.
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.
Valley times are those seasons in which we must be molded and stretched. They are those times where we struggle the most and the place where the largest transformations take place. God says He’ll put us on level ground when these seasons have come to completion.
Lord, give me the strength to persevere, to press on as you bring this season to an end.