By Karen Farley of Delta Junction, Alaska, USA
I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and sing praises to the name of the Lord, the Most High.
Abraham believed God and he was considered righteous. When taken at face value, it is clear Abraham believed God is who God said God is. A closer look at Abraham’s life reveals how God’s promise spoke straight to his heart and brought him to a place of complete trust.
God promised Abraham an heir to raise and love, and who would be the first branch in a huge and enduring family tree. Surely this desperate longing in his heart had been growing heavier year by year. It says something about Abraham’s heart and ours that God counted him righteous for believing that promise.
Imagine laying down the doubt that had built up over years of disappointment to say, “Yes, God, I believe you can.” Imagine God going straight to the most disappointing, hopelessly broken part of your life and speaking the wonderful promise to turn it into something great for God’s glory.
Abraham trusted God and said, “Yes.” He was right before God as are we when we do the same trusting in the Lord Jesus. Do you believe Jesus’ promise to redeem you wholly, broken bits and all?
May our words and actions reflect your love.
Pursue Peace on Earth
Read and reflect on Doctrine and Covenants 161:2a. Reflect on how you can “see violence but proclaim peace…feel conflict, yet extend the hand of reconciliation…encounter broken spirits and find pathways for healing.” What does the peace of Christ mean to you? Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom. What act of justice or peacemaking does God invite you to pursue this day? Dwell on these words of pursuit: see, proclaim, feel, extend, encounter, find.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.