Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Upward to Meet God's Promise

Call to Prayer
 Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Close friendship with the Lord
will all who fear him know;
the knowledge of his covenant
he unto them will show.
My eyes upon the Lord
continually are set;
for he it is that shall bring forth
my feet out of the net.
 —Psalm 25:14-15
Scripture of the Day
God brought Abram outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them. So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
—Genesis 15:5-6
Food for Thought
Notice the triumphant faith which wings upward to meet God's promise!  That great assurance deepens Abram’s awareness of a strange contradiction, namely the fact that he remains childless. But it's not distrust that causes him to respond to God's promise with a question, but rather an innocent expectation that God can and will remove that obstacle. God is too wise a father not to know the difference between confidence and faithlessness, regardless of how alike they may sound. And he is too patient to be angry if we can't take in his whole promise at once. So he breaks it into bits not too large for our lips, as he does here. The frequent repetition of the same promises in Abram’s life are not idle speech. They're an example of how God patiently teaches us our lessons, bit by bit. So Abram hears God's promise once again, but this time in a more glorious form. Before, his offspring were compared to the dust of the earth, now they are to be as innumerable as the stars shining in the heavens. As he gazes up into the solemn heights, the immensity and peace of the steadfast sky seems to help him to rise above the narrow limits and fickleness of earth, and a great trust floods his soul.
 —Alexander Maclaren (alt.)
Today's Prayer
The heavens call to me, but they seem too high for me to reach. But you, O Lord, understand my weakness: By the wings of faith, bring me upward to meet your promise. Make me patient in learning, as you as patient in teaching...

Your Own Prayers
 Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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