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Trust and Obey | Kim Chipman
S~ The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took 2 of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac Genesis 22:3 (NLT)
O~ In v.2 God commands Abraham to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering. Then v.3 says Abraham got up early the next morning, packed up, and headed out. They had to travel 3 days to get to the place where God was sending him. Three. Days.
A~ I am a Mom. I have 4 children. Right now they are 19, 16, 14 and 14. I did not have to wait until I was 90 years old to have a miracle baby – although I see each of my children as a miracle and a gift. I cannot even imagine the fit I would have if You asked me to offer one of them to You as a burnt offering. You ask something as simple as being kind and patient and I stomp my foot in rebellion. At the very (very, very) least I know I’d argue awhile, make excuses, delay, justify why I don’t need to (I’m good at justifying! obviously I know better than You do…ha!)….there is NO WAY I would just get up early the next morning, saddle up, and head out. Then travel 3 days without turning back. Abraham’s complete, immediate obedience is inspiring to say the least.
P~ Lord, help my unbelief! Grow my trust in You. You want me to love and trust You so You can guide me. Sometimes Your ways and Your voice are confusing because my perspective is so limited. I’m sorry I’m so selfish. Grow my trust so I can be used by You and my life would bring You glory. I love You.
Public conversation | Nikki Metzger
S~ But no one had the courage to speak favorable about Him in public, for they were afraid of getting in trouble with the Jewish leaders. John 7:13 (NLT)
O~ I’m not sure when this is during Jesus’ three years of ministry. The Jewish leaders want Him dead, His brother’s think He is joke, and the people are wishy-washy about Him.
A~ This verse reminds me of today. Today, as in, the days we are living right now. Except the Jewish leaders could be replaced with the media or anyone who disagrees with another person. There are a lot of things happening in our world in regards to race, sexuality, personal beliefs, etc. and we all have opinions.
I admit that I have been afraid to say things for fear of intense hatred of others that could come back to me. So I just don’t say anything to anybody about anything.
But I wonder if all the things that I want to say are about specific events, laws, or decisions??? Maybe I’m not focusing on what the conversation should really, REALLY be about. Maybe I need to speak favorable about my Lord and Savior in public? That is probably it!
Seriously, I’m not wise enough to have the answers about the specific events that are happening all over our country – so I don’t need to engage in those conversations. I need to stick with what I know when I’m speaking/writing in public: Jesus saved me….and He loves me….and everything that is good in my life is from Him!
P~ Father, You are good! Thank You! I never EVER need to defend You, do I? You work it out in people’s heads and hearts! God, please give me courage to speak favorable about Jesus in public! Remove any fear about getting in trouble with man. I love You and pray this in Jesus’ Name!
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