After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is, “Do not be afraid.” Countless times throughout Scripture God has had to tell us not to be afraid. Fear is all too often our mantra. When we get scared, we are a lot like turtles, and we go into our shells. We won’t reach out to others. We stay in our own little shelter and don’t want to come out. Think of a time when you have been fearful and you broke through those fears by trusting in God. How did that feel?
When joy is gone and hearts are sick, O God,
you give us Christ as our healing balm.
He came in human flesh
that he might give himself as a ransom for our salvation
and anoint us with the Spirit of consolation and joy.
Hear the cry of your people,
that we may rejoice in the richness of your love
and be faithful stewards of your many gifts. Amen.
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