Today’s readings: Genesis 22; 1 Chronicles 26; Psalm 22; Luke 23

Reassurance.

When I read Genesis 22, that is what struck me this morning. I have been mulling over this thought for about a week.

Abraham needed reassurance, and so did Isaac, and so did Jacob.

Abraham was reassured of God’s promise to “make you a great nation” (12:2) after he sacrificed the ram caught in the thickets by its horns (22:13).

“The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time and said, ‘I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of enemies, and through your offspring all the nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.'” (22:15-18)

The blessing is first stated in 12:2-3 to Abraham, then repeated in 13:14-17; 15:5; 17:1-21; 18:10-14; (somewhat in 21:13); and 22:15-18.

Abe needed to be reminded often of God’s promises coming true. He needed to be reassured even after his wife became pregnant for the first time at a very, very, very old age.

Do you ever need to be reassured of the hope, joy, love, and peace promised by Christ to those who believe in Him?

God is faithful to the promises He makes. If you have doubts and fears, take them to the Lord. Spend time in prayer, petitioning God. When you lose hope, know that you are not the first. Take it to God in prayer.

Spend time each day in God’s Word. Read about how God uses broken people. Read about how God is faithful- even when it looks like He has forgotten the promises made. Read about how God was patient with humans who became frightened. Read about how God is mighty to save.

-Pastor Ben

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