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“And when the birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.” Genesis 15:11 (NRSV)
Beware of those who will try to take away the best of what you offer in obedience to the Lord. God had given Abram an instruction to gather together as a sacrifice a heifer, a goat, a turtledove and a pigeon. Abram’s best was given to God, but the birds of prey descended to steal his offering. However, Abram was not deterred; he drove them away.
There will be times when we obediently follow the voice of the Spirit, but others will descend like the birds of prey, attempting to upset our plans. They may mock or question our efforts, or they may attempt to distract us with their suggestions or opinions. Self-doubt may rise up insinuating that we have not really heard from God at all.
Like Abram stay on task. Be obedient to God alone. Trust his voice, trust his promise and trust his directive. Let us stand firm in our faith, keeping alert to the voices that attempt to discourage and distract us. May the God who gave Abram the faith to believe his promises and the strength to carry out his instructions, empower us also.
Prayer: Lord, help us to respond in obedience to the guiding voice of your Spirit and to stand firm in the face of trouble or persecution. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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