Saturday, February 11, 2012

Feb 11: Genesis 12

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 12. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • In this chapter, we start reading the account of the life of Abram. A few months ago Verve did a series on the life of Abraham. You can go back to the sermon archives and listen to “A Life Worth Watching.” He starts off named Abram and then God later changes his name to Abraham.
  • We see that Abram was a man of great faith in God. God told Abram to leave all he ever knew and God would give him children and a land of his own. Without knowing any details Abram obeyed, took his family and started walking.
  • We also see in this chapter that Abram sometimes falters in his trust that God would protect him. When he went to Egypt, Abram wouldn’t even admit he had a wife. God protected Sarai from being disgraced and, in the end, provided a way for Abram and his family to leave Egypt again.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Even people of great faith in the Bible have times of doubt. Living in a relationship with God can be difficult because we can’t see him or audibly hear his voice; it requires faith in his promptings and in what the Bible says. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you sometimes have difficulty trusting God? We all do but we have to learn to trust him one day at a time. Ask God to help you more quickly trust him.