Daily D – Genesis 22:1, 18
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Genesis 22:1 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” (NLT)
Genesis 22:18 “And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.” (NLT)
The benefits of obeying God far outweigh the promises of disobedience. Obedience may feel like a heavy lift at first until we see how good it is not only for us but for everyone we influence. Choosing the seductive promises of sin is a self-centered approach we often consider the easy way. It creates obstacles for us and everyone we influence. It makes life harder than it has to be.
God promised Abraham that he would bless him and make him a blessing to the whole world (12:1-3). He reaffirmed this again and again.
How deeply did Abraham trust God? How completely obedient was he? God knew. He wanted Abraham to know. He wanted Isaac to know. He wanted us to know.
Not only did he want us to know, but he also wanted to show that where he guides, he provides. Verse 14 launched a thousand sermons and a million reminders of God’s nature and character. He is the Giver of All Good Things. He knows what we need and when we need it most.
Abraham trusted God and was rewarded.
Abraham trusted God and Isaac was saved.
Abraham trusted God, and everyone who ever lived has been blessed to know how God can use one person to bless every person.
We need people like Abraham today. We need you to live a life of faith believing whatever God says and doing whatever God asks. We need people like you who trust that wherever God guides, he provides.
Another son walked up that mountain. Another son carried the means of his death upon his back. Another son was sacrificed. God’s one and only son (John 3:16, 17; 1 John 4:9) died there that day, the lamb of God, so that we might know the full extent of God’s love for us.
Make the world a better place today through your obedience. God will provide all you need to thrive and to bless everyone you meet.
I will honor God with my obedience.
Our Father, you have blessed us so extravagantly. Make us blessings to everyone we meet. Use us in whatever manner you see fit to build a better world. Lead us into strategic conversations and activities. Give us words and deeds that express your love, goodness, mercy, and kindness. Amen.
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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”