Thursday, January 30, 2014

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Scripture

Genesis 16:15-17:14

Key Verses Genesis 17:1-2:When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.”

Reflection

When you read the Bible you learn a lot about who God is. Here’s a prime example. God comes to a man and his wife who are in their nineties and uses them to create a new nation. Do the math! Why is it God chooses the impossible for divine activity? If you think about it, it does make some sense. If it were possible you could say it was something else. When it’s impossible, it has to be sheer luck, a fluke, or perhaps it is God at work among us!

God has a habit of choosing the least likely candidate and using them for incredible things. It happens over and over again. So, if we’re looking for God over here in the big stuff, we might need to turn around and start looking for God in the unexpected, small stuff. Look for God where you shouldn’t be looking for God! It seems to be a pattern.

Prayer

Lord, it’s good news that you don’t work in normal ways. We see things so practical and logical and yet you work in the impractical and illogical. Our hope is not in what we can predict but in your unpredictability. We thank you for this. It inspires our faith. It encourages us to live in peace. You are not confined to our ways. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Author

Steve Eason

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission.
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