Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mar 31: Genesis 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 26. 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 read about Isaac facing a famine. He had to make a difficult decision to listen and trust God even though human reason would say otherwise. But God blessed him for his obedience.
  • Then we also see how Isaac had the same problem his father, Abraham, had; he would tell other people his wife was his sister because he was afraid they’d kill him to get his wife. 
  • Then we see how Isaac kept moving until no one disputed over him occupying a land. Isaac could have fought against these people but instead, he moved on and tried his best to live in peace.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Isaac should have trusted God instead but in the end, God used Isaac’s lack of faith to fulfill God’s plan to protect Isaac.

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

  • Isaac’s willingness to keep the peace amongst his neighbors is a good lesson for us today. Often in our culture, we’re told to fight for what’s ours but what if instead we became known as people who wanted peace and trusted God to protect us? It might change a lot of opinions of people who follow Jesus.