12 January: Muting God

Today’s chapter documents the first time (outside to Garden of Eden) when a woman saw and spoke with God. With this event, the Creator is identified as the God who both sees and hears us…

READ GENESIS 16   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:

Like any great playwright, the Creator unfolds His story in tiny pieces. Throughout the storyline so far, it’s clear that the Creator God can have, and has had, conversations with humans. In addition to speaking, He then went a step further and “appeared” to Abraham.[a]  Now, another important gemstone surfaces in today’s chapter, and it should be pocketed away for later as an important puzzle piece.

While some people may try muting God by ostracizing Him from their life experience, others may wonder if He’s a nebulous force like the ‘spirit of good’, or else a disinterested deity. Early in the storyline, however, we’re given a series of foundational building blocks: the Most High God not only speaks, but He has a physical manifestation of His Person. Firstly, we created us in His own image to live like Him, in His likeness. Assuming the second half of that mandate is in action daily, it’s as close to a clone as you are likely to get, just by looking at yourself in the mirror each morning! That said, He has appeared on Life’s stage when necessary to demonstrate Father God, and Father God’s intimate involvement in HIStory played out in history. He is the One who hears us [v10], and sees us [v13] – no matter where He finds us on the road of life. This young penniless pregnant Egyptian slave in today’s chapter is found on one place along Life’s road that many of us feel ourselves to be: alone, confused, feeling as though we are the least of the least, rejected and wondering if our Maker can see or hear at all…

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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.

Wanting to speak directly with your Creator God? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…

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 …”

When I come before Your presence – to God, my joy and delight – I’ll praise You with the music from stringed instruments O God, my God. [Psalm 43:4]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Use the link to pray for Africa[b]
  • Your Country: The Elderly and those in Care Homes
  • Yourself: Love for the Lord[c]
  • Your concerns for today
You Lord, are the God who has heard our prayer and seen our tears. You’re the God who steps into our situations to heal us. [2 Kings 20:5]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Lord, I pray that we’ll listen, and each of us will turn from our evil ways. Then You’ll relent and not inflict on us the disaster planned against those who have done evil. [Jeremiah 26:3]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

Father, if we are children, then we’re heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. [Romans 8:17]

“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.[d] 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 12:7

[b] http://www.operationworld.org/africa/owtext.html

[c] Deuteronomy 6:5

[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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