January 8, Genesis 18-20

 

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All three chapters of our reading today remind us of a fundamental lesson in walking with God.  We can always trust God’s Word.  In chapter 18, the LORD visits Abraham to assure that the long awaited promise of a son will come to fruition the following year.  Even though Sarah laughs at the notion that she and Abraham can have a son, the LORD responds, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?”  In chapter 19, Lot and his family learn that when God says He is ready to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, God means what He says. In chapter 20, Abraham is again found to be slow to trust God to keep His word to protect Abraham’s family.  Again, Abraham tries to pass his wife Sarah off as his sister (Remember chapter 12) in order to have his family protected.  Once again, Abraham learns that the best kind of protection is to trust God’s Word. Are you having trouble today trusting God to keep His Word?  May the stories of Abraham and Lot remind you that nothing is too hard for God.

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January 7, Catch Up Day!

 

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You will notice in our reading plan that on every day that is a multiple of seven, you will have a day off from reading.  This is the plan of The Daily Walk Bible. One of the reasons that I like this plan is because the plan plans for my failed good intentions.  What?  I know me.  Life gets in the way sometimes.  I mean well, but life happens.  The kids get sick, we have to work late, we oversleep, and a thousand other life events.  The Pharisee says, “You didn’t read your Bible today?”  “Well….” we begin.  Oh, it doesn’t matter, the Pharisee probably had something happen one day too.  This plan allows the slip-up and the catch-up.  Use it as your friend.  Don’t give up; catch up. 

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January 6, Genesis 15-17

 

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If the beginning of Abraham’s story is to show us how to walk with God, today’s reading shows us what getting ahead of God looks like.  Abraham and Sarai decided that they would “help God out” with His promise to them.  What happened to them happens to us any time we try to “help God out” with His work.  Disaster!  Take it from Abraham.  God does not need our help to bring about His plan for our life.  Sometimes God allows us to partner with Him to accomplish His will, but He does not need us to run ahead of Him.   Let your prayer today be:  God, don’t let me run ahead of You or lag behind You.  Let me be right in step with You so that we will be walking together in the plans that You have for me.

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January 5, Genesis 12-14

 

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Abraham’s trust is incredible.  God told him to get up and go, and Abraham got up and went.  Abraham did not know where he was going.  He did not even know when he would get there.  Abraham is not necessarily said to have walked with God as Enoch and Noah, but he certainly is a great example of one who walked with God.  Abraham’s example is our example of what is meant by walking with God.  We do not have all the answers at the beginning. God calls us to walk with Him each day by faith.  We also see the immediate result of walking with God.  Abraham was blessed for his obedience.  Trust God that He will bless your obedience as you walk with Him even if you cannot tell exactly where He is taking you.

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January 4, Genesis 10-11

 

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God told Adam and Eve to multiply and fill the earth.  This was God’s plan for humanity.  The people that moved to the Plain of Shinar (11:2) must have known about God’s decree, because they wanted to do something to make a name for themselves so as not to have to be scattered throughout the whole world.  The rebellion against God that started in the Garden and continued through Noah’s day is alive and well in chapter 11 and is with us to this day. However, man’s rebellion doesn’t thwart God’s plan.  What the people would not do on their own accord, God caused to happen.   From that I see a tremendous promise for my life.  God’s plan continues to unfold.  God is always at work and will continue to be at work.  If this is true in history, then certainly this is true in my life. 

You can listen to additional messages by Steve on the book of Genesis at www.fbclaf.org/genesis.

Devotional by Steve Horn. Scripture links by www.biblegateway.com. Animated video by www.thebibleproject.com

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