BY: JANET HENRY
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BIBLE TEXT: Gen. 15:1-2: After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “O Sovereign Lord (Adonai),….”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Greetings from Costa Rica!
My family and I are missionaries that have been here since the first part of May learning Spanish before we head to Bolivia. I would love to share a word with you that the Lord placed on my heart when we arrived in Costa Rica. I want you to think for a moment…..when hardships or frustrating times come upon you, what is your immediate knee-jerk reaction? Do you respond in anger? Fear? Doubt? Pride? Arrogance? You are right and everyone else is wrong? Are you constantly offended? Do you withdraw within yourself and try to figure out the best solution possible before you go to God? Ever wonder why the Lord allows certain situations in our lives – situations that make us fearful, hurt, wounded, or angry?
I believe, at times, the Lord is testing us in our reactions when we are faced with trials of many kinds. Our immediate reactions speak volumes about where we put our faith and trust and what is in the very core of our beings. If we look at the Bible text chosen, we can see by Abram’s response where he put his faith and trust. When addressing the Lord in a conversation he understood the Lord as being SOVEREIGN. We can see in the scriptures by his unwavering faith and obedience that he believes with his whole being just who God is.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: What is sovereign, you say? Sovereign means that God is king over all things in heaven and on earth. Everything is under His command. To say that God is sovereign is to say that He is the Most High God. So, why is this so important?
When we declare with our mouths that God is sovereign over all things in our lives we are acknowledging His position in our lives. We are saying that not matter what happens, no matter how much it hurts, no matter how angry or afraid we might be, God IS God. We simply need to place our trust in Him. We need to trust that His character is good and there is no bad in Him whatsoever. We need to have faith that he uses everything in our lives for His glory. Then one day when the Lord asks us to lay down our most sacred possession on an altar, in Abram’s (later renamed Abraham) case, Isaac, we can look up to heaven and our immediate response be, “O Sovereign Lord.”
PRAYER: Lord, help us to be a people that put our immediate unwavering faith and trust in you. You are a good God and you are sovereign over all. Rid our lives of bad reactions so when we are faced with trials we can respond in ways that are honoring and pleasing to you! In Jesus’ Name- Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am a mom of three, wife to Justin, missionary, and Reese’s candy-loving woman of God!