February 9 Day 40
Genesis 20:1-10 (CEB)
Abraham traveled from there toward the land of the arid southern plain, and he settled as an immigrant in Gerar, between Kadesh and Shur. 2 Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She’s my sister.” So King Abimelech of Gerar took her into his household. 3 But God appeared to Abimelech that night in a dream and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of this woman you have taken. She is a married woman.”
4 Now Abimelech hadn’t gone near her, and he said, “Lord, will you really put an innocent nation to death? 5 Didn’t he say to me, ‘She’s my sister,’ and didn’t she—even she—say, ‘He’s my brother’? My intentions were pure, and I acted innocently when I did this.”
6 God said to him in the dream, “I know that your intentions were pure when you did this. In fact, I kept you from sinning against me. That’s why I didn’t allow you to touch her. 7 Now return the man’s wife. He’s a prophet; he will pray for you so you may live. But if you don’t return her, know that you and everyone with you will die!”
8 Abimelech got up early in the morning and summoned all of his servants. When he told them everything that had happened, the men were terrified. 9 Then Abimelech summoned Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? What sin did I commit against you that you have brought this terrible sin to me and my kingdom, by doing to me something that simply isn’t done?” 10 Abimelech said to Abraham, “What were you thinking when you did this thing?”
The Gospel of John 12:37-43 (NIV)
37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: “Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere: 40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn—and I would heal them.”
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him. 42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved human praise more than praise fromGod.
The Lord is my light and my salvation. Should I fear anyone? The Lord is a fortress protecting my life. Should I be frightened of anything?
2 When evildoers come at me trying to eat me up it’s they, my foes and my enemies, who stumble and fall!
3 If an army camps against me, my heart won’t be afraid. If war comes up against me, I will continue to trust in this:
4 I have asked one thing from the Lord it’s all I seek: to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, seeing the Lord’s beauty and constantly adoring his temple.
5 Because he will shelter me in his own dwelling during troubling times; he will hide me in a secret place in his own tent; he will set me up high, safe on a rock.
6 Now my head is higher than the enemies surrounding me, and I will offer sacrifices in God’s tent—sacrifices with shouts of joy! I will sing and praise the Lord.
7 Lord, listen to my voice when I cry out— have mercy on me and answer me!
8 Come, my heart says, seek God’s face. Lord, I do seek your face!
9 Please don’t hide it from me! Don’t push your servant aside angrily— you have been my help! God who saves me don’t neglect me! Don’t leave me all alone!
10 Even if my father and mother left me all alone, the Lord would take me in.
11 Lord, teach me your way; because of my opponents, lead me on a good path.
12 Don’t give me over to the desires of my enemies, because false witnesses and violent accusers have taken their stand against me.
13 But I have sure faith that I will experience the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living!
14 Hope in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the Lord!
Prayer:“I am God’s child, deserving of love and respect, and God will use me to change the world.”