Dependence is the theme this week for the readings for Lent. The first reading comes from Genesis 12:1-9. This is the first time we hear about Abraham (called Abram still in this passage), and it’s the beginning of God’s promise to bless his family and use the family to bless others. It’s very significant to me because I know the end of the story. But I wonder what it would have been like to be Abraham and Sarah? What would it have been like to leave everything because you thought God told you to?
It’s a little bit easier for me to think about moving in this culture because I have so many ways to stay connected with people. But they didn’t. This move would completely cut them off from all family and friends. There would be no calls home, no quick trips for the holidays, no emails, no texts, no Skype, nothing. That was it- they were moving and they would not see them again.
This required profound and absolute dependence on God.
I wonder if I am in a place that I completely depend on God like that? Do I fully rely on God in this way?
We sang a song on Sunday morning with our congregation. The chorus reads, “I am counting on// I am counting on God// I am counting on// I am counting on God.” I sang it! But now as I reflect on this passage, I am forced to reflect: how much do I really rely, depend, and count on God?
This week I am hoping that my dependence on God grows! I pray the same for you.
Today’s passage in from Genesis 2:4-3:24. It is a rather depressing account. It is so early in the story of God and everything is falling apart.
As I read it, I was overwhelmed with my desperate need for a savoir- for someone who could help free me from sin and it’s curse. Here are a few things to think about as you read:
Do I realized the gravity of the sin that is in my life? How do I see the effects of sin and it’s curse in my life and the world around me? Do I see my desperate need for a Savior?
“All God’s plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them.” E.M. Bounds (1835-1913)
It’s a longer passage for today, but the story is amazing. It’s about a young man named Joseph and- well, you need to just read for your self….
Read: Genesis 21:1-22:19
Reflect: What happened in today’s story? Who are the characters and what happened? Have you ever heard this story before? How would you have reacted if you were the main character[s]? What do you think God wants us to learn from this story? Does this story or our discussion change they way you think or what you knew about the Bible?
Pray: Spend time thanking God for good gifts in your life. Praying for your friends and family members. Pray for God to continue to teach you through scripture.
- An agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons to do or not do something specified.
- Law . an incidental clause in such an agreement.
- Ecclesiastical . a solemn agreement between the members of a church to act together in harmony with the precepts of the gospel.
- (initial capital letter) History/Historical .
- National Covenant.
- Solemn League and Covenant.
- the conditional promises made to humanity by God, as revealed in Scripture.
- the agreement between God and the ancient Israelites, in which God promised to protect them if they kept His law and were faithful to Him.
Today’s passage highlights God’s covenant with Abraham. Genesis 15:1-21
continues Abraham’s story and introduces us to God’s plan of showing God’s self to the world…
What stands out to you? Did anything surprise you? Was anything new to you in today’s passage? What do you think God wants us to learn from this story? Does this story or our discussion change they way you think or what you knew about the Bible?
Well, allow Genesis 12:1-20 to introduce you! His story is amazing. The next few days will highlight God’s work in his life. Abram is a key person in God’s work on earth.
Spend time journaling and/or reflecting with your family on the passage. What stands out to you? Have you ever heard this story before? What do you think God wants us to learn from this story?
Today’s Engage passage comes from Genesis 6:5-7:24.
If you do not have a group of people you discuss the scriptures with, then I would at least encourage you to journal your thoughts as you read. It’s an awesome way to keep track of what God is revealing to you. You can use these starter questions to get your mind engaged with the passage…
What happened in today’s story? Who are the characters and what happened? Have you ever heard this story before? Is there anything you do not understand in the passage- words, phrases, etc?
What do you think God wants us to learn from this story? Does this story or our discussion change they way you think or what you knew about the Bible?