Abraham and Issac | Genesis 12, 15-17, 22
To help children understand how to live a life of faith and obedience like Abraham.
Read Genesis 12, 15–17, 22: Abraham and his wife Sarah were too old to have children, but that didn't matter to God. God fulfilled His promise, and they had a boy whom they named Isaac. Later, when God told Abraham to give up Isaac as a sacrifice, Abraham obeyed. As Abraham readied himself to sacrifice his promised and beloved son, God provided a substitute sacrifice.
Today's Bible Story
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Genesis 15:6 (NLT)
6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Meaning: Abraham's absolute faith in God—His power, authority, and faithfulness—made him righteous in the eyes of God. This means that despite any sins Abraham may have or would commit, God saw his faith and considered him justified. Our faith in Jesus and belief in His finished work on the cross makes us justified and right with God.
The Big Idea
A life lived by faith and obedience to God is based on a solid trust in the Lord. God called Abraham to do some pretty big things. How can we build our faith and trust in God to obey when God calls us to something?
God is good. Knowing that God is good and that He wants good things for us is huge in building faith and trust. When God calls us to do something difficult or scary, knowing that it is to bring something good into our lives will help us take those first steps.
God is faithful. Knowing that God is faithful will help us to be faithful to Him. When God promises us something, we can rest assured that it will happen.
God is powerful. Knowing that God has the power to do anything, He says He will do can help us to trust and obey Him. What seems impossible to us is completely possible for the Lord. There is nothing the Lord can't do. We don't need to understand how He will make it happen; we just need to believe He can do it. Isaiah 55:8-9 sums it up nicely:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as
the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my
thoughts than your thoughts."
Dear God, thank You for the wonderful example of a life lived by faith and obedience that we find in Abraham. Help us to have faith in You and obey You when you call. We ask these things in Jesus' name, Amen.
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