Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Day 8: Genesis 20-22 ; Matthew 6:19-34

Wow, what great readings for today. Both portions of scripture are well known to me, so I’ve been going back and forth on what to actually blog about.

I think both Genesis 20-22 & Matthew 6:29-34 are a call to faith. In the book of Genesis we see Abraham both worry & trust that God will be faithful. In chapter 20 Abraham once again lies about Sarah only being his sister, and not his wife. While this was only a tiny white lie, since Sarah was in fact his half-sister, it still shows a lack of trust on Abraham’s behalf. He saw what looked like a bleak future and decided to take matters into his own hands. In the same token, chapter 22 shows a great leap of faith on Abraham’s behalf. He believes that God will provide a substitute sacrifice in the place of his son, Isaac. What faith! Isn’t it interesting that God gives us two such juxtaposing sides of Abraham? He shows both extreme weakness and strength.

In Matthew 6:19-34 we again look at faith. Jesus tells us to not worry, but to trust God with the big and small things in life. Consider verses 31-33:

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 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.

Just as God meant Abraham in the wilderness and provided an alternate sacrifice, he already knows the provisions each of us need in our every day lives. All we need to do is live our lives entirely for him; he will do the rest.

Prayer: Lord thank you for this reminder to not worry, but to instead trust you in things big and small.

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