Saturday, April 27, 2013

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 previous chapters we saw Abraham tell people his wife was his sister so they wouldn't kill him. Now Isaac, Abraham's son, does the same thing. Isaac should have trusted God in the situation with his wife. But God, in his grace, uses Isaac’s lack of faith to fulfill God’s plan to protect him. 
  • We also see how Isaac kept moving until he found that he found land that could be his without dispute.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Isaac could have fought against the people over the land but instead moved on and tried his best to live in peace. Maybe we should be more focused on living at peace with others instead of fighting for what we believe should be ours'.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Isaac’s willingness to keep peace amongst his neighbors is a good lesson for us. 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 what people in our culture think of Christians. How can you become a person of “peace” in your area of influence today?