St. John's Lutheran
Our Hope is Certain in God's Promise!
Genesis 12:4-9 New International Version
4 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. 5 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. 6 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. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[a] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. 9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
Wednesday - July 7
Abram left everything he knew and gave up his entire support system to travel to an unknown destination. When he left God had not told him where to go. Once Abram reached the land of Canaan God said, “Here it is!” Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the certainty of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” But this “certainty” actually has a firm and concrete foundation: the promise of God. Your faith can rest on the firm, solid foundation of God’s promise given to you in baptism. Eternal life is an “unknown place” for us, but our hope is certain in God’s promise.