Scripture: Genesis 12:7-9 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.
Observations: The Scriptures today were Genesis 12-14; Luke 5. Luke took me through the calling of disciples, healing ministry and the concept of fasting (which is something I really should be doing more of). I found myself drawn to the Genesis account of Abraham though. We never learn why God chose Abram to be the father of a multitude. Nothing seems special about him prior to God calling him, and after God called him, the thing that draws my attention is his complete obedience and reverence for God. He wanted no one but God to get the credit for his possessions. And in the Scripture I was drawn to today, he focused on worship at every step of his journey.
Application: Today’s Scripture reminds me that the journey I am on is not my own. God called me to Escanaba for such a time as this. I really am not sure what is in my future here, but I know I am where God wants me, and while here, I must be obedient and I must never forget that any and all of my blessings are from the Lord. I am nothing special and yet God uses me to do His will. Therefore, I will remember to take time to pause and reflect on all God is doing, and take time to worship. I may not build a physical altar, but there needs to be an altar in my heart where I can offer myself as a living sacrifice.
Prayer: Dear Lord, remind me to remain humble in your service. In the times I lay aside to worship and praise you, keep me single focused. Lord, accept my thanks for choosing me. Though I feel so unworthy, you saw a moldable spirit. Let me forever be clay in your hands. May you be forever praised. Amen
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 15-17; Luke 6