Our first week of Bible reading took us through Genesis 1-25
The whirlwind tour of early human history moved from the Creation, to the Fall of mankind, to the flood, the tower of Babel and right into the life of Abram and on to his son, Isaac. These are important chapters which set the stage for a biblical understanding of the world and our place in it.
Here are some observations I made on this first stage of our journey.
- God is eternal. Nothing but God existed before creation. And nothing created exists that is not dependent upon Him.
- God appears in the world He created making Himself known through His word and actions. As these chapters unfold, we see Him as a covenant maker who watches over all things seeing that what He plans is completed. At times it appears that His purposes are hanging by a thread. But He is not limited to human possibilities. He enables an elderly couple to conceive a child.
- His appearances are timely and strategic. Nothing escapes His gaze and His hand. Faith in Him pleases Him, but unbelief brings pain, grief, regret, and death.
- He initiates creation and redemption. He ensures that it will come to pass perfectly. The seed of the woman will bruise the serpent’s head. His covenant will come to pass and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through Abraham.
In my life, daily circumstances (this blog post was beset with obstacles including a miserable head cold, a power outage, freezing temperatures and a cross country airline flight) frequently overwhelm me with doubt, impatience, and pessimism about the flow of events personal and global. A flyover of this biblical terrain brings me much reassurance. Of course, hindsight is 20-20 so it’s easy to see how everything worked out for Abraham, but I am called to believe God and to trust Him in the midst of circumstances that can seem hopeless and whose outcome is still not revealed.
The old hymn of Charles Wesley (1744), “Rejoice the Lord is King” comes to my mind and heart:
His kingdom cannot fail, He rules o’er earth and Heav’n,
The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus giv’n;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!
Resolved: to honor God by believing Him no matter how doubtful His final victory appears, and to remember that His kingdom cannot fail.
This week’s reading: Genesis 26-50