09 January: The Visible God
When things go wrong it’s easy to imagine that, if there was a Creator God at all, He’s likely to be far away and disinterested…
READ GENESIS 12 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Ever since the day when Adam and Eve “hid from the presence of the Lord God”[a], there was never a record of any human who’d seen the Presence of the Creator God, until He appeared to Abraham. [v7] This caught my attention, in this chapter, and helped me notice several very important puzzle pieces from the Creator God’s Complex Plan.
First, my Maker isn’t a nebulous force like the radiation of a galaxy. He has what He identifies as “the presence of the Lord God” and Adam and Eve,“…heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…” He has a human voice – He spoke to Noah.[b] And, His “Presence” became physical when He appeared and spoke with Abraham.
So then, if I’m willing to look, not only has my Maker become visible (revealing Himself and personally making Himself and His plans known to humanity), but every paragraph in this epic storyline holds vital clues to what He’s capable of doing in my life. Far from being distant, detached and nebulous the Creator is living and active, and His work is clearly seen. Read More? … CLICK to follow “09 January – Additional Notes”
But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Finding it hard to speak with your Omnipresent (ever-present) Maker? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
Blessed are You, Lord God of the universe, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen! [Psalm 41:13]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Issues you know of around the World[d]
Your Country Leader’s role in World Affairs
Yourself: The “fruit of God’s Spirit” in you[e]
Your concerns for today
My heart’s desire and my prayer to You, Father God, is for those who don’t know You and for their salvation. [Romans 10:1]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Thank-you Lord, that if I return to You, I’ll experience compassion in whatever situation because You, Lord God, are gracious and compassionate. You’ll not turn Your face away from those who return to You. [2 Chronicles 30:9]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
The one who is steadfast of mind will be the one that You keep in perfect peace, Lord God, because he/she trusts in You. [Isaiah 26:3]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[f] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator God’s Salvation Plan
“…He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…” [Titus 3:5]
[a] Genesis 3:8
[b] Genesis 8:15
[c] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Use the news to pray for victims of terror
[e] Galatians 5:22-23
[f] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31