Full-framed Faith

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Daily Reformation, Genesis 28:10-19

About the Reformer

Luther delights in pointing out…how a certain exultation of faith was roused in Jacob by the sight of the angels… But how did Jacob “see” this host? Nothing suggests a dream of the night. Whether the inner eye beheld it or the physical eye may be almost impossible to determine. Jacob, as spiritually the most mature, seems to have been the only one to see the angels.

—H. C. Leupold, Exposition of Genesis

Pulling It Together

What do you see? Desert? Rock? Wasteland? Or do you see angels in the wasteland? Are you living God’s will on earth as it is in heaven? Maturing Christians are those who follow so closely on the heels of Christ that their vision is always filled with the sight of him. Though they are scrambling across the hot rock and shifting sands of life, they are stable, not because of their strength or stature but because the Lord fills their vision—because he is their vision. Your promise to the kingdom is fulfilled, not because God sees the strength of your frame but, because Christ fills the frame of your vision.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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