May 9 I Sunday
2 Kings 7-9
“And a voice came from heaven: ‘You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.’” —Luke 3:22
At Jesus’s baptism, a voice from heaven said, “You are My Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.” Have we pondered what God was pleased with when He said that? Was God pleased with Jesus’s preaching, His miracle working, or His impact on society? No, God was not looking at Jesus’s activities and accomplishments, which are things that typically impress people. It was Jesus’s attitude and disposition of heart that pleased God.
Some of us may feel a bit intimidated because we have never done anything of worth and, therefore, feel like we are not of value to God. Yet, when we read the Old Testament, God identifies Himself as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. When we think of these three characters, we know Abraham was a visionary, a courageous man who left his homeland and went to a land that God would show him. When we read of Abraham in the New Testament, we see him as a father of faith and courage.
Abraham’s grandson, Jacob, was a twister and a cheat. He met with God at a place called Peniel, and God knocked his hip out of socket, so Jacob walked with a limp for the rest of his life. Despite the incident, God gave Jacob a new name, Israel. As Jacob was the father of twelve sons, his sons became the head of the twelve tribes of Israel.
We could see why God is referred to as the God of Abraham and the God of Jacob, but what about the God of Isaac, what did Isaac ever do? Honestly, Isaac never did anything adventurous or great. In fact, we rarely hear anyone preach about Isaac. Even when he is preached, Isaac is usually painted in a negative light, or it is about the event of his father offering him as a sacrifice. Although all Isaac ever did was be the son of his father and the father of his own son, he was the link in the chain––important to God.
Similarly, some of us reading this devotion may feel like we do not amount to anything more than a link in the chain. In being a staying at home mom, one may think there are no accomplishments to show or achievements to boast about. Yet, God is well pleased. To mothers, even though you do not know what God is doing with your children or grandchildren, He simply wants you to be a mother of integrity. May we have an attitude and disposition of heart where we thank God for where we are, trusting He has a purpose for us and He will bring it to pass.
Prayer: God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thank You for where You have placed me. I trust that You have a purpose for me and You will bring it to pass. Guide me in remaining faithful to the task with which I am entrusted.