Week 2: Reflecting

Day 4: Seed of Abraham

By Andrew Brazeal

 

READ:

Genesis 22:18 “and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,
because you have obeyed my voice.” 

Hosea 11:1 and Matthew 2:15 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,

    and out of Egypt I called my son. 

When Abraham was promised that the coming King, the Messiah, the Savior promised to Adam and Eve was going to be born through his family line, it must have been an incredibly humbling yet exciting promise. As a parent, I wonder how much pressure he felt to really instill his faith in God in his son Isaac. And as he came to realize that it may be a few generations before this promise came to fruition, it must have required a lot of patience and trust. Trust that the God that he has been worshiping is true to His word and trust that the seeds of faith that he was planting in his own family would be tended and cared for By God Himself through the generations.

Of course, as we know, our God is true to His Word, and the promise that He made Abraham was fulfilled in the coming of the long-awaited Jesus. May we too have patience and trust beyond ourselves. Trust and patience that God is true to His word and promises in our life even when it feels that He’s forgotten. So now as we are given the promise of the return of our long-awaited King, we can have trust and patience as we declare “Come, Lord Jesus!” knowing that our God has not forgotten us.

 

PRAY:

Spirit, Your patience means our salvation.  Your perfect timing means we live new lives, new love, new grace.  Thank You for Your faithfulness across generations, across time and space.  Help me to believe and grow in faith that You have done, are doing, and will do all You have promised. Amen.

 

LIVE:

What makes trusting God difficult?  In those moments, what gives you confidence to believe?