In the study of Genesis 16 and writing about it yesterday in the post Trust in
His Perfect Timing, the lesson
for me is that we should be careful not to force the issue. We should put our
attention on God and do things according to His timing; to trust Him to work
situations out for us.
God may get our attention in many ways. There are times of the year that inspire
and bring out memories; the end of
summer when football starts, the fall and the smell of pecan pie, the winter
when the leaves have fallen and you look up into the cold night sky and see
more stars than you could ever count. The spring and the memories of playing
baseball and the summers going to the water park; you can count on the seasons.
They are coming, you can depend on it, but they never are exactly the same
because life and how we see things is always changing.
God encouraged Abraham through His Word. The Word came to Abraham in a
vision and said, “Do not be afraid, Abraham. I am your shield, your very great
reward.” It is the same for us today as God is by our side to protect and
encourage. Enjoy today’s video: Whom
Shall I Fear – Chris Tomlin.
You came near when I
called you, and you said, "Do not fear." O Lord, you took up my case;
you redeemed my life. - Lamentations 3:57-58
The post Association contained some written thoughts from the study of Genesis 14. A lesson
learned was that the people we associate with are so very important. Lot was
near the sinful city of Sodom and because of this association; he lost all his
possessions and was taken captive. On the other hand, Abraham was where God
wanted him to be and with the people He wanted him to be.
Being around a negative environment can cause great damage in societies.
Think of societies that begin to break down. Respect for people breaks down,
respect for authority breaks down, and respect for keeping the surroundings upright
Like in Genesis 14, the area became a crime riddled wasteland and wars broke
out. What once was the place to be, near prosperous activity and growth became a
devalued area not because of location but because of the lack of integrity
We need today more people of integrity like Abraham who promised God not
to take the spoils of war. He kept his promise when he refused to take anything
from the king of Sodom. Here is a video that inspires integrity:Search me Lord – Gaither Vocal Band.
Show me Your ways,
Lord, teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God
my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long. - Psalm 25:4-5
Abram demonstrated that he cared for others. We also show
that we care for others by giving back what we have learned in life. What we make happen for others, God will make happen for us.
You may have a child or friend with an issue at school or work and you
can be there for them; offering ideas or suggestions. Your purpose in life may
not be a great preacher, singer, or teacher but just being free to be you as
explained in this video: Free
to be Me – Francesca Battistelli.
Do nothing out of
selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than
yourselves. – Philippians 2:3
After the flood, God made a promise to Noah that He would never flood the
earth again and the symbol of this promise is the rainbow. Today, God can
provide music for our ears, laughter for our soul, and a rainbow after every
storm because of His love demonstrated to us through His son Jesus. His Word
provides food for the mind and His Son creates light for understanding so our
acceptance of Jesus as the Son of God truly washes sins away.
The Bible is not about great people doing things for God; it is just
regular people doing extraordinary things because of an amazing God. He knows
each of us by name and has a place for each of us in this world. That is why it
is important to take the initiative in being prepared for each day. Being the
best “you” everyday so God can do His work.
In life, we all have doubts but those who can step ahead even while
having doubts are the people God can use to do great things. It takes humility
and it takes the willingness to learn from each other. Associating with others
of integrity is important along with trust and when our trust is in God’s way,
we are assured of getting to our destination.
As the journey continues through God’s Word for the weeks to come. The
mission of this blog is to bring out ways to apply His Word in our life at
work, at home, and within our neighborhoods. The questions for reflection for
the study of Genesis 13-16 below will help bring out some thoughts and ideas
over the next two weeks.
What is Abraham and Lot’s problem? How does Abraham resolve the problem?
How does the way you settle differences and arguments reveal your trust (or
lack of trust) in God? What does Lot’s choice reveal about his character?
How did Sarah and Abraham try to “push” God? What is their basic problem?
In what ways do your actions affect future generations?
The above reading
plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a
plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as
Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At
this link: God’s Plan for Us,
is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short
note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other
thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible
verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this
Day With God.
Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove
Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
We all have doubts; even great people of God in the Bible like Abraham
had doubts. When Abraham faced the famine upon entering the land God had
promised, doubt led him away from the difficult situation into a place he
thought to be less difficult in Egypt.
On top of that, he thought the men in Egypt might take his beautiful wife
named Sarah away. She was so beautiful that Abraham believed they couldn’t
resist and would kill him for her so Abraham dreams up a lie for protection. He
tells everyone they meet that she is his sister.
In life, we all have doubts but those who can step ahead even while
having doubts are the people God can use to do great things. Today’s video is
about these doubts we face but encourages us to have faith which gives
assistance to step ahead even in doubt: Oceans
(Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United.
then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in
Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in faith as you were taught, and
overflowing with thankfulness.- Col 2:6-7
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I’m currently reading and studying in Genesis 11 about the Tower of
Babel. It’s about the world rejecting God and believing they have all the
answers. Even today when history has proven the strategy of secularism a
failure, after all the struggles the world has faced, including wars,
disasters, and disease; pride keeps society going in the wrong direction.
Things can get messy in life but God is there to help us pick up the
messes. There is a constant need to search our heart and know why we do certain
things. Is it to glorify God or to make a name for ourselves?
If it is to glorify God, then there are no limits to what can be
accomplished. To get us thinking in this direction, here is today’s video: The
Stand – Hillsong.
keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be
shaken. - Psalm 16:8