Bread – Leave and Go

January 2, 2009


Readings for Friday, January 2

            from the Book of Common Prayer:

            Gen. 12:1-7; Heb. 11:1-12; John 6:35-51

            Psalms 33, 34

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The readings today begin: “The LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”  Gen. 12:1

 

The middle reading explains how we are leave our comfort zone and go to where the Lord tells us — faith: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see …By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”  Heb. 11:1, 8

 

And our last reading tells us the place to go to — “Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the Bread of Life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will…For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day…” John 6:35, 40.

 

How much simpler can it get, and how much harder?  To go we must leave.  We leave our places of comfort – our way of living, the way our friends think and act, the way we are – and we go where God commands, into the arms of Jesus.  This is a place we do not know and when we embark on a journey of faith in Jesus Christ and rely upon the call of the Lord to go to a new place, it is a place which is unfamiliar and may in fact be scary.  And yet, to receive our full inheritance as adopted sons of God, we must go.

 

How do we make it?  Not through our effort in rising above our circumstances, not by identifying the objective and plotting the course, not even by putting on a mantle of right thoughts.  No, we make it because the gift of faith which God offers us in His grace is sufficient to enable us to leave and go.

 

Perhaps you are not a Christian, but hear the voice of God or feel His presence urging you to leave and go.  The very God who calls you is the very God who provides the means.  Accept the gift and with faith accept the journey and the destination you do not see, and you will be blessed [“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8

 

Perhaps you are a Christian and also hear the voice of God telling you to leave where you are and go someplace else.  If so, reread the previous paragraph.

 

In this New Year, let us give thanks to our Lord who creates, who provides, who loves, who protects, and who lifts up.  And then let us leave and go as God instructs, with faith which is sure of what is not seen, relying upon God [“For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.” Psalm 33:4].

 

Amen.

 

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Lord, help us to love your Word, incarnate in Jesus Christ and written in Scripture.  Help us Lord to come to you and to bring others to you.  Help us know that you are God and we are not.  Assist us Lord through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to be both willing and obedient.  It is only through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ that we are empowered to even make this prayer.  And so we thank you and praise you!  Amen.

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One Response to “Bread – Leave and Go”

  1. Sam Skelton Says:

    Thanks George.

    I don’t read all of your stuff, but I do read and it is good stuff! You always have a good message in relation to the readings. Thanks for sharing. It is appreciated.

    Sam


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