family devotion

abram trusts god

READ ABOUT IT: GENESIS 12:1-7

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”


So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.


Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.


TALK ABOUT IT: 

What a marvelous story of faith and love, grace and mercy! When God asked Abram to leave his family and homeland, he was testing Abram's faith. Because Abram did not question or doubt God, he was willing to do as God asked. Abram proved his trust in the Lord and his great faith in God's plan for his family. He and his (future) descendants were blessed, just as God promised. However, the blessing was not earned by Abram because of what he did. It was given out of God's grace, mercy, and faithfulness to His people. 


Continue unfolding the story of Abram (who becomes Abraham) and his family in Genesis 15, 21-22. In his life we see how God asks Abraham to live a life full of faith in Him, fully trusting what God had in store for his family and his future. (Spoiler alert: God even asks Abraham to sacrifice his own son!) How are you trusting God today? What is easy? What has been difficult for you to be confident in God's direction? 


PRAY ABOUT IT: 

God, despite our unfaithfulness to you, you remain faithful to us. Help us to listen for your voice and hear your calling, wherever you may be sending us in the future. In Your Son Jesus' name, amen.

A Note for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord. The psalmist writes, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him" (Psalm 127:3). If you read this entire psalm, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards. 


What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow. 


This note today is taken from the Arch Book Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.

Weekly DEVOTIONS

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was offered on Sunday.  You may want to return to some of these devotions throughout the year, or even share them with friends. 


Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a stea decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.