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Wednesday, June 30


 

Genesis 16:15-16

15Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram named his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

Reflection

Abram had doubted God’s promise to provide for him and Sarai an heir. As a result, Sarai had given Abram her servant-girl Hagar to bear Abram a child. Despite the fact that Ishmael’s birth was the result of Abram’s doubt, still when God commands that the child’s name be Ishmael, Abram obeys. Abram names his son born to Hagar, Ishmael.
 
Abram’s life was a mixture of faith and doubt, obedience and disobedience, trust and mistrust. Even as one of the primary biblical examples of faith, Abram was far from perfect. Neither are we.
 
Like Abram, sometimes our faith is rock solid and at other times we barely believe at all. In some parts of our lives we are obedient and in other parts we are disobedient. Some times we do trust in Jesus above all else, while sometimes we foolishly trust in ourselves or our own abilities. Like Abram our lives of faith are a mixture. We are indeed both saint and sinner . . . always forgiven and yet always broken . . . never just one or the other.
 
Fortunately, our relationship with God is not dependent on our faithfulness to God, but rather on God’s faithfulness to us in Christ. We are made right with God not by our obedience to God, but rather by Christ’s obedience to God. Because Christ obeyed God perfectly, we can entrust our salvation to him ALWAYS, even when our faith feels weak. Because of Christ, it is when we are weak that we are actually strong.

 

Prayer

 
God of grace, my life is a mixture of faith and doubt, obedience and disobedience. Through it all, help me trust that, in Christ, my relationship with you is secure.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


 

Written by Pastor Greg Busboom

Lead Pastor

pbusboom@stjohns-springfield.org




 
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