Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: He (Abraham) did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief;* rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God and was fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to do. (Romans 4:20:21)
Observation: I was listening to a song by Chris Tomlin about David, but I think it relates to this verse about Abraham’s belief that was written in the book of Romans and taken from our first reading for today’s Mass. How much different would our lives be if we just believed that God was in charge. I am not talking about just saying it, but think of the kind of faith it would take to be 100 years old and told that you are going to have a son, and then to take that son and offering him as a sacrifice, only to have him saved at the last-minute. Do I have that kind of faith? I hope so…because I want the great things that God has planned for my life to be done through me.
Personification: Faithfulness It is only by faith that I can be truly free of this world. It is my hope that God will build faith in me, so I can put it on display for the world to see. I know that I believe, but I need to have the faith that can lead to righteousness and give all the glory to God. So that people can look at me and say that they want their heart to look like my heart, because my heart looks like Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, create in me a new faith, a renewal of strength of will that can only come from your grace. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- Abraham, Our Father in Faith (ptl2010.wordpress.com)
- A Faith Like Abraham’s! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)
- The Righteousness of Abraham! (psalmsofpraisewomensministries.wordpress.com)