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Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (Aminta)

Posted on by Josh Heppner 0 comments
My husband and I have been reading the Bible together at night, in lieu of watching TV. It’s part of what we are doing for our church fast in January.

We’ve been reading in the Old Testament and my husband pointed out something that struck him.

When the Lord called Abraham’s name in Genesis 22 to ask him to travel to a mountain and sacrifice his only son, his beloved Isaac, his response was “Here I am.”

It was much more than a statement about his location. It was a powerful declaration of his posture of before the Lord. I thought it was such a neat response that I decided to do a little research.

The Hebrew word he said was “Hineini,” which means: “I am ready and prepared.” Another meaning is “I am present and waiting to hear you.”

It’s a place of total surrender before the Lord.

The word appears also when God calls Moses’ name in Exodus 3 from the burning bush to ask him to lead the Israelite people to freedom and Moses replied, “Hineini.”

It was also the response given when Samuel heard God calling his name in 1 Samuel 3. In obedience, he replied the same way: “Here I am.”

And Isaiah replies with “Here I am, send me” in Isaiah 6:8 when the Lord asks who will go and do his work.

God was able to use all these people in huge ways because of their response when he called their name.


Sweet friend, we can take the same position before the Lord today! When he calls us by name, we can respond with “Here I am!”

Here I am to serve you, Lord.
Here I am, listening to you.
Here I am, ready to obey.

God has good works planned for us to do everyday IF we are listening and willing.

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for being such a good and loving father. Thank you for loving me so much. Thank you for calling my name and using me to accomplish your purposes. Today, I say to you: Here I am. Show me the work you want me to do and I will be careful to obey it.

We are better together.


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