THEME: THE WALL
BREATH PRAYER: LORD, HELP ME TRUST YOU WHEN I CANNOT SEE YOUR GOODNESS
- In a journal, note the day, time, and place you’re sitting.
- Open with a few moments of silence. Rest, and breathe deeply.
- Complete the following sentence in your journal: Today, I feel ________________.
- Read these words slowly (aloud or silently):
“I will remember the works of the Lord, and call to mind your wonders of old time. I will meditate on all your acts and ponder your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy; who is so great a god as our God?”
Pray this week’s breath prayer and pause for a few moments of silence.
Read Genesis 22:1-14 two times, pausing in between readings to let the words soak into your mind and heart. When you have finished reading, take some time to answer the questions below in your journal.
- Why do you think God was testing Abraham in the first place? Do you think Abraham was aware this was a test as it was happening?
- Read verse 5 and then verse 8 again. In both verses, Abraham seemed assured that God would provide him with an alternative to slaying his son. Why was Abraham so sure of this?
- In verse 11, the Angel of the Lord said, “Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Proverbs says “fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.” Do you consider Abraham’s actions in this story as wise? Why or why not?
- On Sunday, we talked about persevering and waiting for the Lord. Persevere and wait. Where in the story of Abraham and Isaac did Abraham persevere? Where in the story did he wait? What do you think was going through his mind as he waited?
- Think back on a time in your life where you had to persevere in the Lord’s guidance while waiting on his provision. For many of us this time could be happening right now. What drove (or drives) you to persevere? What does it feel like to wait? Is there anything that God may want you to know about this time of perseverance and waiting?
Digging Deeper: Countless scholars have drawn parallels between the story of Abraham and Isaac and Christ’s crucifixion. Spend time considering the ways in which the stories were similar as well as the ways in which the stories differ. Write these similarities and differences in your journal. Take this list to the Lord in prayer, thanking Him for sacrificing everything for our sake.
- Summary: Write in your journal a brief summary (five sentences or less) of what God revealed as you studied His Word.
- Closing Prayer: Lord, set my heart on fire with a yearning for communion with you that I may persevere in obedience and wait in faith for the day I see your glory. Lord, help me trust You when I cannot see Your goodness.