Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Genesis 15

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great." But Abram said, "O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless,... Behold, you have given me no offspring, ..."

Abram has been victorious in battle, encountered royalty and probably Deity, liberated his dear nephew and family; yet, when the Most High God speaks encouragement of God's protection and reward, Abe immediately brings up his childlessness.   In the wake of that triumph, Abe is given comfort from God, treasure and worth from God - and Abe says, "Umm, God, what about that earlier promise of offspring?  Remember that one?"
Abe was still believing God for the earlier promise.  Was he so resolved to have that promise fulfilled that he hindered his receiving the next blessings, the next revelations, the next whatever from God?  Was Abe stuck?  

Am I stuck?  Even mildly resistant to a new thing because I haven't YET received/accomplished the old thing?

Am I allowing a past promise to be the only frame I have to interpret my life?  Shouldn't God be my sole frame and focus?

Am I not fully engaged in today, and therefore, missing out on God today because I am refusing to budge from a word from God yesterday?

God Most High, You have done great and wondrous things for me.  Thank You for Your gracious acts on my behalf.  You are faithful and You keep Your promises.  You do not lie, nor do You change.  I praise You for You.  

Please help me not hog-tie subsequent interactions and growth with You because I am stuck on a prior promise whose time has not yet come to be revealed.  Holy Spirit, please grant me vision to see where I am shackling the grace offered to me because I am camping on the porch of previousness.  I know that continuing in a faithful walk with You means I have to be moving - dynamic spiritual motion.  So, please give me a good, ol' spiritual giddy-up that I may receive all that You have for me today and still be grateful for all that You have promised and done already.  

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