by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Hello my friend,
With this devotion, we come to the final week of our “Behold Your God” devotions. If you have noticed, our pattern for these has been simple and predictable:
- Remember: A word of hope about why it is good to meet God in His Word
- Empty: A few minutes to “de-distract” ourselves from meeting with Jesus in His Word. This includes asking His blessing on your time in the Bible
- Scripture: Praying the Scripture – Reading a passage of Scripture with a view ESPECIALLY to what it shows us about God, and then interacting with Him about Who He is.
- Extend: Asking God’s blessing on your day, family & friends, including people who don’t know Him.
- Take: Choosing a verse to take with you through the day to keep “beholding” your God.
How does this pattern sound? When you have taken time to walk through this process with Jesus, you began each day having “reset” upon Christ. You can do this with any passage! R.E.S.E.T. (Remembered why you are opening God’s Word, Emptying yourself of distractions, Praying the Scriptures by interacting with the Lord your text describes who is with you when you pray, Extending God’s blessing in prayer, and Taking scripture through the day.)
As you walk through this last week, recognize these elements, and you will be well on your way to meeting with God in any passage you open.
As you open this passage remember again the God who is eager to meet with you.
Take a few minutes to turn your attention to your Father Who loves you, and has been waiting to spend this time with You in His Word. Hand over to Him those things that are demanding your attention.
Open to Genesis 1. We have, in these verses, a picture of God’s intention for us who’ve been made in His image.
Read Genesis 1:26-28 Three times carefully.
Think closely about what is being said in v. 26. God made us in His image. An image “represents” the original. What is mission as image bearers in the world?
God is clearly the King of the universe, and yet He has sent us to represent His “dominion” over the earth. What does that tell us about Him? Talk with Him about this, that He created you to represent His kingdom in the world.
When God made us in “His image” (v. 27), there were two of us. That means we together bear the image of God (Which points to the Trinitarian existence of God). This explains why we need others so much in addition to Him. As you read v. 27, what do you learn about God? Talk with Him about this.
V.28 What does God’s blessing accomplish? Does it work? Clearly God’s blessing flourishes God’s will to be accomplished in the world. What would His will look like if He “blessed” it in your life? Ask Him to do so!
Can you think of two people you will see today who don’t yet know the good Kingship of Christ? Take a moment and pray for both of them, that God’s Spirit would give them new birth. Then watch for how He brings you two together!
As you conclude: What is one truth about God from these texts you can take through your day? How can you remember it?