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Happy Wednesday to you! Today our “3YD Week 8 Day 3” reading is Genesis 15. In this chapter we have Abram speaking to God for the first time in the narrative. God encourages Abram to ‘fear not’, that he will be his shield and that his reward will be great. However, in Genesis 15:2 Abram says, “O Lord God … (which is a great way to start - Abram has his focus first on who God is, that God is God) … I want to trust you, but I don’t have much to go on! I don’t see things getting any better! I’m 80 and still don’t have kids!”
And I just love how God was patient and sensitive with Abram as He reassures Abram and doesn’t rebuke him. God always prefers honesty, and responds back by encouraging Abram, promising that he will indeed have a son and then used a starry night to repeat his promise.
Then Genesis 15:6 tells us that Abram “believed the Lord and he counted it to him as righteousness.” In the ‘Christ connection’ portion of week 8, it describes this verse: “In Genesis 15:6, Abraham’s right standing with God is a result not of his actions but his trust in what God said He would do.” This verse is quoted three times in the New Testament. (Romans 4, Galatians 3, and James 2). That means it’s a big deal. From the beginning, a right standing with God is not based on works but on our faith and trust in God.
That is such great news for us today! We (or at least I am) reminded every day of a sinful nature fighting to cause my heart to be independent from God. I can rest today that my relationship with God is not based on my works but my trust and belief in God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
Let’s experience the peace that comes from knowing that we are made righteous the same way Abram was. By putting our trust in God.
I’m thankful to journey with so many of you through the Bible in our 3YD journey! Now that we are finished with Job and back in the book of Genesis, I have decided that it is a bit too much to write a daily devotion for our 3YD. I’ll be having my solitude time each day, but I will be moving to a weekly summary rather than a daily.
And although I won’t be writing each day, I will be praying for all of us asking God to speak as we reflect together on His Word. We will also be having our monthly 3YD evening discussion for those interested. Our next one will be on Sunday November 20th, from 6pm to 7pm. These represent a great opportunities to look back and have some Q/A from what we read in our 3YD journey the past month.