Wednesday, February 27th. Genesis 17:7

Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church.  Today’s devotion is by Jimmy and Jan Zunker. Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.


I will establish my covenant between you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants.Genesis 17:7 


People who keep their promises inspire our trust and we are willing to take their word seriously because we trust them.  We feel confident that we can entrust ourselves to them.


In Genesis, God made many promises to Abraham and Abraham believed God and trusted his promises. Earlier in Chapter 17, we are told that the Lord appeared to Abraham when he was ninety-nine years old and promised Abraham that “he would be God to him and to his descendants.”  The prospects of him becoming a father with many descendants seemed to be a dim possibility given his age. God’s covenant promise was an everlasting covenant and a guarantee of a life that would be filled with descendants even beyond his own immediate family. 


In Genesis 17:4, God promised Abraham that he would be the Father of a multitude of nations and by him all the families of the earth would be blessed. God’s purpose was that Abraham and his descendants would become channels of blessing through whom God’s redeeming work would be done throughout the whole world.

Many of us at Faith have been blessed with children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and we are grateful to God for the blessing of each one of them. They have brought much joy to our lives and the lives of others.  We stop to always remember that God is the Creator and source of this rich blessing. We are thankful to God that his covenant promise “to be God to Abraham” is also a promise to us and our descendants.


We are God’s people and we are called by God to reach out and be a blessing to others so that God’s promises can become a reality in the lives of others and they can also hear God’s word of promise “I will be a God to you and to your descendants.”  We are called to reach out beyond this congregation to embrace and invite others to become part of God’s family and receive his blessing. The mission of Faith Lutheran Church is to follow Jesus in blessing the world with faith, hope, and love.


Let us pray:  Gracious and faithful God, we give you thanks that your covenant promise includes us. We thank you for the opportunity and privilege we have to become a part of your mission to bless the world.  Open our hearts and eyes to see opportunities to serve you and bless others.  In Jesus’ name we pray,  Amen.



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