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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 5/Heroes: Abraham

Do you remember that time Jesus pulled a child up into his lap and told the crowd of adults, “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Sarah was cynical when she was told she was going to have a baby. You can’t argue with her. She was 81. Time and experience had hardened her. An angel came to Zechariah in the temple and announced that his wife, Elizabeth, would have a baby. His response? “I’m old. So is my wife.” He was struck dumb for his unbelief.

The angel came to Mary who openly wondered “how” but with a sense of awe and trust not doubt and cynicism. Compared to the first two, Mary was a child. She responded to God’s announcement with, “God can” instead of “God can’t.” That’s the difference of childlike faith.

The older we get we build up scar tissue from broken dreams and promises. Thankfully, God responded to the cynicism of Elizabeth and Zechariah by doing what he was going to do anyway. They would see God’s power and the crustiness of age would soften.

When we walk in faith, the first, second, and third steps may be difficult. But in time you will be softened and respond with the excitement of a child.

Scripture

Genesis 18:10-15 & Luke 1:37

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I have to admit that when you call sometimes I am slow to move. Help me to respond with enthusiasm and joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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