Editor’s NoteThose who received the printed version of Prayerscapes may have already discovered that this day’s devotional writing was a portion of another day’s writing that had been mistakenly re-entered, rather than the work of Rev. Pierce.  The corrected copy is below.  We sincerely regret the error.

Read Genesis 12.1-4a

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.

From Rev. Darrell Pierce, Clarksburg, WV

       In this scripture God gives Abraham a promise and a purpose. He promised to bless Abraham, but he also revealed that the purpose of the blessing was to bless the whole world through Abraham. The Jews of Jesus’ day remembered the promise, but they seem to forget the purpose. They wanted the blessings that God promised, but they had no desire use them to bless the rest of the world. Even the Apostles hesitated to share the good new of Jesus with the Gentiles.

      As we read the Hebrew scriptures and the New Testament, it is easy to critcize the Jews. However, anytime we do, we should search our own lives to see how much like them we really are. How do we use the blessings God gives us?

      God wants us to enjoy his blessings, but God’s blessings always have a greater purpose. That greater purpose is that we use those blessings to enrich the lives of others. The season of Lent is a good time for us to examine our own lives to see if we fall short of that purpose.

Almighty God, giver of every good and perfect gift,

forgive us for using your many blessings for just us and ours.

Please help us to use your gifts to bless them and theirs.