Scriptures and Thoughts from ZOE Staff member during beginning of year Staff Fast….
Psalm 23 – “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name sake.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
Matthew 3:3 – …”A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, Make straight paths for Him.’ “
Philippians 4:6-7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It would have been easy for Abraham to love Isaac more than God. God called Abraham to lay Isaac on the alter, only to be picked up again; to test Abraham’s love for Him. I can envision the brokenness of Abraham’s heart as he laid Isaac there, his precious son. But God had something greater in mind; perhaps to bring Abraham back to his first love. I can remember having made ZOE my first love. My first reaction to ZOE was wholeheartedly identifying myself in it. So taken in and awestruck by the impact it had on my life, letting it become my identity and placing it first in my walk with the Lord. I was looking to the Lord’s anointed tool rather than to the Lord alone.
By Linda Notary