Daily Devotional For Today 4 July 2022: Inspirational Message and Prayer
Read Daily Devotional For Today 4 July 2022
Topic: Abraham’s Sacrifice
Scripture: Genesis 22: 11-12
Did you ever wonder what went through Abraham’s mind when he believed that God wanted him to sacrifice his son? Of course, at that particular time in history, sacrifice of the first-born was not unusual and seen as an offering to the gods who would then allow the rest of the children to live.
Did Abraham think that God was like the other gods? We will never know in this world. But God did not want sacrifice in the flesh, but sacrifice in the heart. Abraham was prevented from sacrificing Isaac and was given a ram instead, and for his willingness was promised great blessings. What are we willing to sacrifice for God?
Today, in America, we celebrate our independence. Many men and women sacrificed a great deal for this to happen and many people all over the world have sacrificed a great deal for their independence, independence from tyranny, independence to practice their religion, freedom from fear.
Isaac was freed so that he could become the father of Esau and Jacob and thereby the grandfather of Israel. Jesus has freed us, has given us independence from the tyranny of law by giving us the law of love to follow. He has freed us so that we might experience the joys of eternal life. We all have much to celebrate today no matter where we live, so let us thank God for freedom.
Prayer For Today
Loving God, you gave Abraham back his son and you give us so much. May we always be grateful for all your gifts, and today, especially, we thank you for the gift of freedom of fear of death and the gift of salvation. Amen.
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