by Dan Weyerhaeuser, Senior Pastor
Yesterday I summarized that what we are doing in our encountering God in His Word by saying we want to R.E.S.E.T. (Remembering 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.)
Let’s do this again today:
As you sit down right now, there is a God Who has His ideas and things to say to you, Who knows you and loves you. He wants you to hear from Him.
Take a moment and recall you are getting time with the Creator of the Universes. If you were able to see Him with your eyes, He would command your absolute attention. He is no less God, and no less with you because you see Him by faith. Ask Him to take responsibility for the challenges of your life that are calling for your attention.
Ask Him to bless your time in the Word.
Turn to Genesis 12. If you have been reading the Bible up to this point, you would have known that Genesis 1-2 share the story of creation, Genesis 3 describes humanities rebellion and fall into sin, and Genesis 4-11 describes the ever increasing destruction of sin in our world. But Genesis 12 is a turning point. In fact the rest of the Bible will be the fulfillment of this promise.
Read Genesis 12:1-3, three times out loud.
V.1 What do you learn about the LORD from this verse? (eg: He speaks, He directs, etc.) With each truth about Him, take a moment to praise and thank Him.
Did you notice that Abraham was to leave for a destination that God had not yet revealed? This would require faith by Abraham. Why might God want Abraham’s trust? Does He want yours? What would it look like for you to be trusting Him fully today? Be specific. Ask for His help.
V.2-3 God’s plan was not only to bless Abraham, but through Abraham’s descents (physical and eventually spiritual – those who believe) to bless the whole world. Get that… God would bless the whole world, through His people. (Sounds like Adam and Eve). God deploys His people to be carriers of His blessing.
What does this tell us about God?
Ask Him what the ways He wants you to be His agent of blessing to others today. Can you pray that He would lead you to a need and then meet it through you? Take time 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?
Now go spend your day with the God Who deploys you!