And God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep my covenant, you and your offspring after you throughout their generations. Genesis 17:9
I woke up very early this morning praying for each family member, that in each part of this day, their trust and faith in God would not fail. I prayed that their hearts would be ruled by peace, not anxiety. I asked for His Spirit to rise up strong in each of them, giving them direction, stability, and endurance. One might ask if anything is particularly wrong – that this mother would wake up early and pray like this. The answer is no. Not really. Yet, there are spiritual challenges just because life here is imperfect and every day brings spiritual struggles.
In every part of Abraham’s blessing, his offspring was mentioned and included. So it is with God’s promises to every child of the kingdom. What good is it if I trust Christ and keep my faith to myself? I must do all I can to love Jesus well while loving my family. The decisions I make today have an outcome yet to be seen. Every important decision reaps results within my family a hundred years from now.
As God spoke to Abraham about the covenant He was making with him, Abraham fell on his face. It was more favor than he could take in. The love of God is like that. It comes with promises that sound too good to be true. Humility and awe are expressed on our knees. And here’s the thing ~ He doesn’t lay the burden of the future of our family on us without promising the resources to help us get there. The treasury of heaven is at our disposal and the Spirit of the very God who makes the promises lives inside of us. When our hearts and bodies fail, we can rely on Spirit-possession to take over. Who else that we serve today will be so kind!
In the next 24 hours, I will be required to do a dozen things. Those who ask, though they love me, will not empower me to do the job. I will have to harness the internal resources to rise to the task. Some think the same is true of God. Every command in scripture causes them to strive. Many then resent Him for being unreasonable. Oh, for a paradigm correction. What God requires, He enables on eagle’s wings. Nothing is too hard when the wind of God’s Spirit propels our family forward – singing all the way.
Yes, I’m in covenant with You. Yes, I pray for my offspring. But You carry them on this day as I lift them to You. No one is too heavy for me for they are not in my arms, but Yours. Amen.
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Originally published Monday, 27 June 2016.