May 28 – Genesis 22:15-20
May 28 – Genesis 22:15-20
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Heavenly Father, I look at these verses and I think about how obedient Abraham was and passed the test. I have to admit that I don’t want to be tested, but I also have to admit that when I have been tested in the past, You have taught me and I have grown. Why is it we need difficult times to realize how much we need You? Why is it when things are good, we forget You? Why are we fickle followers? I really want to be all in, Father. I want to give it all to You. I think of Paul and how he expressed so well the desire to do Your will, but the inability to do what he knew he should do. Oh, how I know what he meant. I want to do the right thing, and there are so many times I know what I should do, but I just don’t do it. Help me grow in obedience and trust in You, Father. I know in my head You are trustworthy, but if I believed it like Abraham and Isaac did, I would act different. I would be totally obedient to You. I would love You with everything I have and everything I am. Thank You Father for loving one like me who is disobedient so often. Thank You for seeing the potential in me.
In Jesus’ name.
God called out to Abraham and tells him that because of his great faith, he will be richly blessed. Why do you think God confirmed His promises to Abraham at this time?
If God already knew how Abraham would respond, why do you think God asked him to go through this test?
How has God tested your faith lately?
What did you learn through that experience?
Ask God to walk with you daily so that your faith may grow.
15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
20 Now after these things it was told to Abraham, “Behold, Milcah also has borne children to your brother Nahor: 21 Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram 22 Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 23 (Bethuel fathered Rebekah.) These eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother. 24 Moreover, his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, and Maacah.