A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
The book of Genesis (or ‘beginnings’) is designed to position us
for the story of God’s redemption of the world as its presented in the rest of the Bible.
The first eleven chapters of Genesis
reveal how everything began, in an eloquent but not overly-detailed way. God is the Creator; human beings rebel against His authority and control; the rebellion infects and colors the ongoing lifestyles of every generation after Adam. The problem spreads and intensifies to the point that God is ready to destroy everything He has created.
Yet He relents. This is a continuing theme in the Bible:
with every reason to throw in the towel on this noble experiment
(as it might be called), at every conclusive point He decides instead to rebuild, restore, redeem and save His Creation and its people from the total destruction inherent in their continuing deviation from His will.
In chapter 12, we meet Abraham,
the man from whom God’s plan of salvation will most clearly emerge. Abraham does not choose God, earn the right to place demands on God, or somehow learn the magic necessary to manipulate and control the power of God. He is the receiver of God’s grace (undeserved favor
), and as such can only give thanks and obedience to his divine benefactor.
The inadequacies and sinful behavior of Abraham, as well as that of his descendants is consistently revealed in the biblical record. Every human being is seen as caught up in the pattern
of self-centered pride which constitutes Sin. Still, God’s grace prevails – because He refuses to allow otherwise.
The miracle of Isaac’s birth and the discovery of his wife make clear God’s reliability
and involvement. The renewal of the Covenant
with Jacob in spite of his human deceitfulness and, at points, downright treachery, make clear the extent of God’s grace and forgiveness
for those who turn to Him in faith (even the tentative faith Jacob expresses at Bethel in 28:20-22). The preservation of Joseph
as well as the rest of the family through him makes clear God’s protection and power to bring to pass what He promises.
All along the way there are real blessings
to go with real difficulties, genuine comfort
to go along with genuine tragedy and grief; and unwavering love
applied to continuous human need for reassurance.
Do you believe God is reliable, forgiving and able to protect you
as you go through today? If so, how should you feel? What should expectation be? In what spirit can you carry out your daily tasks?
The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph is your God too. He is the same yesterday, today and forever
as the Bible puts it. Just as He wanted to work through their lives to bless other people, so he wants to work through yours.
Ask Him to show you how you can be more faithful, more trusting, more confident and more secure today. Then keep your spiritual eyes open as He shows you what He can do in
you and for
© A. Eugene Pearson 2011