Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gen 13:10 and Matt 5:6 "Lift Up My Eyes" (January 5)

Abraham lifted up his eyes and called on the name of the LORD.
Lot lifted up his eyes and called on the earth to be good to him~Gen 13:10

Abraham decided to give Lot his choice of land and pleads for no strife.
Lot chooses the best valley for himself not caring about neighboring Sodom.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness not resources,
for they shall be satisfied ~ Matt 5:6. 
God longs to restore our souls; man wants God to restore the blessings. 

And God speaks the same words relevant for this day
that He breathed a couple thousand years ago.
"Fear not, I am Your Shield and your Reward shall be very great." ~ Gen 15:1

We see one of the very first prayers in the Bible...Abraham calling upon His Name
to boast in His God not in riches or resources or even relationships. 

4 comments:

  1. He is our shield and He is our great reward!

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  2. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."

    I am hungry and want to know our Lord more. "In His presence is fullness of joy." Psalm 16: 11 I want that kind of joy!

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  3. "Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years."

    Abram sleeps while God reveals the surety of "offspring" coming to Abram. God always knows the way. He works Plan A.

    Can you picture for a moment Abram and Sarai, old...gray-haired...wrinkled, walking through the marketplace?

    The shame of barrenness had to follow them wherever they went. People must have whispered and joked. Abram and Sarai had to be tempted to give up hope.

    Here in today's reading we read where God speaks over Abram that his "offspring" would be sojourners.

    How many other gray-haired, barren men would have thought this would ever come to pass! But it did.

    Praise God, He keeps His promises!

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  4. “And he journeyed (back) …where his tent had been at the beginning…to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the LORD.” – Genesis 13:3-4

    Sometimes, we need to go back to where we first met God, and retrace our steps.

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