Yesterday, Jesus’ statements rattle even the calmest or most confident individual. It isn’t easy to live our normal lives and follow Jesus’ commands. Can you imagine what life would look like if we truly committed to following Jesus’ commands? Before you begin today, pray this simple prayer – “Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
When God makes a promise, he keeps his promise. It is how he operates – it is God’s economy. Before you begin reading the passage of Scripture that is chosen, take a moment and think of a promise that you have kept and a promise that you broke. How did each of those feel to you?
Genesis 12:1–4 (NLT)
1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
Reflection and Response
What words or images in this passage stand out to you most?
What do you need to think about more throughout the day? What was interesting to read?
How was the Lord’s promise to Abram fulfilled?
Action of the Day
Sometimes to fulfill God’s purposes here on earth, it always involves us giving up something. Today, take a few hours to think through this question. Is there anything God is telling you to leave behind or move forward on? Once you know what that is, write it on a piece of paper and put it in your purse or wallet to remind you of this commitment.
"Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don't go my way. And give me courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus' name, Amen."