I just finished Genesis!!!! When I say I was so shocked and thrilled that I jumped straight into Exodus with a blanket and cup of Hot Chocolate at 1am this morning.
This book has taught me so much. If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be OBEDIENCE. Genesis clearly shows you the results of obedience and disobedience from the very beginning. Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!!!! Those three alone have such awesome stories. To think we all are the seed of Abraham amazes me. I am living out a promise made such a long time ago.
Disobedience cost A&E their lives. It may not have literally killed them, but it killed them on so many other levels. It caused them to walk out of their natural design. They teach you what you were designed to do and to be and why we live the lives we live; why there is so much evil and drama in the world. Disobedience cost Able his life and Cain, well “wanderer” enough said.
Obedience is reflected best in Noah and Abraham. To go up against all odds and do what you know God told you to do despite all. Noah made a fool of himself for the Lord and Abraham was willing to sacrifice his promise. I strongly believe that he was so willing to lay Isaac down because he knew that God would provide. If he did it once, then he would do it again. God had already promised him nations. Jacob – I didn’t like him at first. He was such a con artist. But despite that, he was still the chosen. His son Joseph by far has to be my favorite character in the book. He truly defied all odds. He resisted temptation and he remained obedient and faithful. He took no credit for himself and gave all glory to God. He is an example of favor not being fair. Even in bad situations God still favored him! Amazing.
Who are we to think that we are so small that God doesn’t see us. That he doesn’t hear us or that he doesn’t understand us? He puts us in situations to protect us and to get us closer to his ultimate will and purpose for our lives. All we have to do is to remain faithful and obedient to him. Just think where we would be had these men not harkened the voice of the Lord and obeyed him!!!!
Father give us the spirit of obedience so that we may walk in your favor just as these men did. We know that you are no respecter of person and that you are willing to give us the desires of our hearts as long as we seek out your will for our lives. Help us to understand that we are in the place we are in on purpose, that it is all apart of your plan. And when we think that you have forgotten about us, help us to lift up our heads and lift up our voices and cry out to you for we know that you will hear and that you will understand and that you will soon send us a deliverer!