Reading for today
Old Testament: Genesis 22, 23, 24
New Testament: Matthew 8
Thoughts from today’s reading
Genesis 22:7-13. Abraham demonstrated a strong faith in a God he had come to know and trust. This was instrumental in his willingness to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. His body was totally unproductive at the time he had Isaac, yet God enlivened him and Sarah to conceive. He must have thought to himself, surely if God gave me this child by a miracle, He would preserve him also. When Isaac asked for the lamb, Abraham said God would provide a lamb. Abraham continued with God’s instruction until he was told to stop. When he stopped, he looked up and saw a ram already tied up in the bushes. Abraham spoke by faith to declare a lamb would be available, God responded to his faith and went over and beyond a lamb (kid ram) to give him a fully grown ram.
Sometimes we forget what miracles God did to get us what we have and so we wrestle with Him when He asks us to release that thing. In His wisdom, He always has something better for us.
Matthew 8:5-13. In this scripture we see a demonstration of faith in God’s ability by the Roman Centurion and Jesus’ high commendation of that faith. He then responds to it with the miracle requested by the Centurion. Faith comes by hearing the word of God, and faith goes into operation by speaking the word of God.
- Let us ask for grace to be obedient to the word of the Lord and to always speak out faith even in situations that seem very contrary to what we believe.
- Pray for a spirit of revelation and understanding of the word of God for any situation you are faced with that as you speak based on your understanding, Jesus Christ will respond with the answer you need.