March 11, 2019                     

For full passage click: Genesis 15:1-6“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’” vs. 1

Almost all the “big name” folks in our scriptures relied on direct encounters with God for direction and strength. Abram is no exception. His connections with the Lord came through a series of visions; the same was true for Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Elijah, Isaiah—the list goes on and on. Visionaries have been leading the people of God for centuries and the pattern continues today. They write books, preach sermons, give lectures, offer counsel, and all who encounter them are blessed. Through them we receive new insights as we grow to understand God in different ways. Always, their inspiring words will calm our fears and give encouragement for the challenges of daily living. They will not be like the demagogues who stir our passions and arouse our inner demons; such persons speak out of ignorance and have little or no connections with the God of Abram. Those leaders who have communed with the Lord and drunk deeply from the water of life, will speak kindly and reek of humility and compassion. In their presence we, too, are put in touch with the God of steadfast love and mercy. Through the influence of such spirit-filled people, we daily experience the rewards of life in this amazing universe. Through them the word of the Lord comes to us as surely as it did to Abram.

Thought for the Day: Through whom have I heard the Lord speak most clearly?