Daily Devotional: Psalms 105:8-15
8 He remembers his covenant forever, the word he commanded, for a thousand generations, 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: 11 "To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit." 12 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, 13 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. 14 He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: 15 "Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm."
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
When God explains his commands or when we see how it makes good sense to us or we can see the end result is something we like or want, it is easy to obey. What about when we do not understand why or we think that it will not work? Do we have the faith to obey him? Do we do what he says just because that is what he wants us to do? Read the sermon on the mount by Jesus and see how many times he says things that do not fit our way of thinking. Do we obey or make excuses?
God told Abraham to leave his family and his land and go to a place that he would show him when he got there. Abraham went. When Abraham was ninety-nine years old, God told him that his eighty-nine-year-old wife would have a son. He believed him. Would you? After the son was born and was about twelve years of age, God told Abraham to kill him and burn his body on an altar. He did what he was told. Would we have done this or made excuses for doing what we wanted?
God’s word is sure and his promises never fail. He will provide for and take care of those who trust him and put him first in their lives. There is not a problem in life that is too big for God or that is not under his complete control. Praise God!
Heavenly Father in these times of uncertainty, confusion and at times, even hysteria, I know that you can see all I face and will take care of me. When bad things happen to me, help me look at my life and see if they are the result of my own foolish decisions and judgment. If so, give me wisdom and strength to make changes in my life. If they are beyond my control, give me faith to trust you. Use me to help someone today to become a better person. In Jesus name.