January 10, Genesis 25-26

 

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I can’t say I remember this part of the story in Sunday School as a kid.  The teachers skipped it for a good reason too.  We wouldn’t have understood.  But as you get older, you understand.  I’m talking about the last two verses of Genesis 26.  Almost as an after thought, we read that Esau married two Hittites and they were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.  Now, no mother-in-law or father-in-law need say “Amen,” but perhaps many want to agree.   

Now, here’s what I think is going on to cause the grief.  These Hittite women were not followers of the God of Abraham and Isaac.  Though God would give this law a little later, we observe in these chapters today that Esau did not make the best choices in life.  He chose on the basis of immediate gratification rather than long term satisfaction.  Remember it was a one-time meal that caused him to give his birthright to his brother. 

If your children have married, you are stuck.  Pray every day and make the best of every day.  You will be glad you did.  If you have children yet to marry, pray every day that they will learn to make wise choices so that when that time comes to make one of life’s ultimate choices they will choose according to God’s standards and not the standards of the world.

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January 9, Genesis 21-24

 

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Since chapter 12, one thing has dominated the story line—a son for Abraham and Sarah. That’s why chapter 22 is hard to fathom.  After all the years of no son, now God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering.  What strikes me about this scene is how the story seems to crawl to a snail’s pace.  Sometimes the Bible summarizes large blocks of time in a single sentence while other times minutes take sentences.  As I think about it, maybe our lives are like that.  We breeze through the easy moments and even say about them, “That was a breeze.”  Similarly, the difficult moments of life seem frozen in time.  So, does the beginning of this New Year find you in a slow moment?  Take heart.  God may be asking you to put all on the altar.  When you do, you will find that He is always the LORD Provider.

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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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