Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January 10

Genesis 23:1-24:51; Matthew 8:1-17; Psalm 9:13-20; Proverbs 3:1-6

Today is my anniversary. One of the things I love about The One Year Bible is the way passages on special days become familiar, as we open to those pages year after year.

Today, I am amazed by Abraham’s faith. After years of waiting for the promise to be fulfilled, the promise that he will be a father to many nations, that his descendants will multiply greatly, he still only has one son; after years of also being told that he will have a land as an “everlasting possession,” he has to buy a field just to bury his wife Sarah who has died. Even so, Abraham believes in God’s promises. Still, Abraham is faithful. Though he has no land and only one son, he trusts in God. He is secure in the promise God made to him and content to wait on God’s timing to bring it all to fruition. Each year as I read this account of Abraham, I never cease to be amazed at his faithfulness.

I also love (and have to mention it because it’s my anniversary) how divinely inspired Abraham’s method is of securing a wife for his son. Just as it is clear to me that God brought my husband and me together, it is clear that God ordained Rebekah for Isaac. I love to think of our God planning these things out, a true romantic at heart.

But getting back to trusting in God and being faithful – at the end of today’s passages we read in Proverbs 3: 5 to “trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Abraham did this and he became the father to a nation who numbered more than the stars, living in the Promised Land. May we also trust in the Lord and see how his blessings and promises are fulfilled in our own lives.

- Esther McCurry

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  1. Esther, I couldn't help but think how Ian returned to the land of his fathers (the desert land of SoCal) and found a friend and then wife! Happy anniversary to you and Ian, dear sister.

  2. Thank you for your post Esther, God bless you

  3. Just another impression: Jesus was so willing in our reading today. He lets the crowds follow him, he draws near to the leper, he hears the centurion, he is moved by the woman's fever.