Daily Archives: March 17, 2019

March 17 – Lenten Study Day 12

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of hope and trust…

Genesis 12:1-9

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.

SOAP Note

A Faith Like That | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Genesis 12:7

Observation

God made a promise to Abram that if he could remain faithful and obedient to Him, Abram and his descendants would be blessed beyond measure. Now, up to this point, Abram might have followed God, but He wasn’t the only god Abram worshiped (Joshua 24:2). Yet he accepted God’s offer as truth, renounced his other gods, packed up his family and belongings, and set off into the great unknown without question.

Application

I actually know God as the One, True God and have a relationship with Him. But I don’t always trust as easily as Abram did. He didn’t just take a leap of faith, he took a daredevil-stunt-dive-off-the-edge-of-the-Grand-Canyon of faith! For a God he barely knew. While I struggle sometimes with taking even a small step. When I worry, I’m proving to God that I don’t trust Him. That needs to stop. No more giving my concerns to God just to take them back again. No more praying and then coming up with a contingency plan “just in case”. I’m going to practice trust and back it up with my actions.

Prayer

Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of hope and trust. Give me the strength and courage to pack up and follow wherever You lead me, even when I have no clue what Your plan is! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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