Thursday, January 8, 2015

Soul Dare: Day 8


Bible Time 


Genesis 15-16, Psalm 6 and Matthew 6 


Today's scripture readings contain some of my favorite passages.

Genesis 15:1-6 - After the Lord promised Abram some pretty amazing (and seemingly far-fetched) things, Abram responds in a way that I would love to be said of me:

"And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith." (vs. 6)

As they continue conversing, Abram gets to a point where he has a hard time believing that some things God promises will come pass (v. 8). So God does something amazing and makes a covenant with Abram. I believe that this is he only other covenant made with an individual (the rainbow in the sky being for all humanity). What's more, he actually physically manifests Himself to pass through the blood of the carcasses to seal it (v.17)

This is a beautiful foreshadowing of the blood covenant He will one day make with the broken body of His son on the cross.

After reading this chapter so full of faith and promises, Chapter 16 is a hard pill to swallow reading about the story of Abram getting Sarai's maid, Hagar, pregnant to create the son God has promised. A lot has been said on the havoc this decision has wreaked on the world. It makes me wonder what happened in the time that has gone by between chapter 15 and 16 that would make Abram try to orchestrate His promise from God.

The remainder of Chapter 16 tells of Hagar's flight from Sarai's abuse and God meeting her in the desert of her desperation. One of my favorite scriptures of all times is found here in verse 13:

"You are the God who sees me."

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Matthew 6 - Again, this is a well-known passage the contains that Lord's Prayers, instruction on fasting and prayer and an admonition to not worry over money or daily needs like food or clothing.What an amazing thing to read about fasting and prayer when I'm in that season.

However, what struck me the most today was what Jesus had to say about Money and Possessions in verses 19-34.

Even though I live in one of the most affluent countries in the world and I have more than one person or family could ever hope to need, I still find myself worrying about money and how our current squeaky budget will accommodate expenses that may come in the future.

So today it was great to read what Jesus had to say about this practice (nothing new under the sun here):

"That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-- whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?" (vs. 25)...These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." (vs. 32-34)

I especially love that last line:

"Today's trouble is enough for today."

Isn't that the truth? I love how this goes along with the January Joy Dare to list three things I'm grateful for each day. This keeps my heart focused on what I do have and the joy and promise this day I'm living in holds. Thoughts of tomorrow just bring on anxiety and worry.

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My reading in Jesus Calling today was wonderful. But this part stuck out to me the most:

"Hope is like a golden cord connection you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens...Cling to hope, and My rays of Light will reach you through the darkness."


It doesn't matter if it is Abram -- unsure of God's promise and covenant. It doesn't matter if it is Hagar, abused and scared hiding in the desert. It doesn't even matter if we are living a suburban life in the United States, or living on the edge of poverty in a third-world country.

God is the same God. He is the "God who sees" us -- no matter our circumstances. His exhortation to, "seek first His kingdom" and let Him provide the necessities rings true throughout the ages.

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What has God been showing you as you dig deeper, go further and love richer during this Soul Dare? 


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