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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 7/Heroes: Isaac

I remember listening to an inspirational speaker talking about how important it was to put things up in your work space and home that would inspire you. It would be for those times when things were tough and you needed a pick me up. Something to remind you of the “why?” in your life. Pictures, pieces of art, etc. At the time, I had been in my office for more than a year with nothing on the walls. Decorating the walls is now the first thing that I do.

Think about Abraham and Sarah. What a name. Isaac. Every single time it was spoken it would evoke the whole story behind his birth. The promise that took 25 years to fulfill. The laughter of doubt. The laughter of trying to fulfill the promise on their own (The original “Man makes plans, God laughs.”) The laugh of pure joy of looking at the face of their son for the first time. The laugh at the comedy of two old people with a newborn son. This is the son of God’s promise.

I hear, singing in the hearts of Abraham and Sarah, these words of St. Paul, another who had experienced the impossible from God.

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Epehesians 3:14-21)

Scripture

Genesis 21:1-7

Prayer

Father, help me to see the good that you have done for me. Help me respond with laughter. Help me trust that you always know what you are doing. Replace my anxiety with a song. In Jesus’ name, Amen.