Genesis – What I Learned This Time Around
Nicolas Poussin. Eliezer Meets Rebecca. 1659-1661. Oil on canvas. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK.
Are you one of the people reading through the Bible in 2010? How is your reading going? I have struggled to find my way to do it. First, I realised that I need to keep a spiritual journal to report my questions and insights along the way. It has helped a lot. I have this tendency to always dig deeper. It’s fine but this way it takes forever to read through the Bible.
So, I’ve learned that my way to read through the Bible is to read a whole book in one setting. My daily Bible reading will be about digging deep, reflecting and praying the passages I am reading. In addition, I have decided to set a side a bigger chunk of time each week to read a whole book. This way I can get a bigger picture of the Bible as a whole and that is a blessing, too.
Today, I will talk about what I learned reading Genesis this time around. All those familiar Bible stories were affirming that God is behind everything. The whole book of Genesis is all about God. The whole book of Genesis is pointing us to God: God has always been, is and will be. God loves us, guides us and blesses us. By reading the whole book in one setting helped me to get the bigger picture of the whole book: life is all about God. In some ways, life is about learning to recognize God’s presence in our lives!
This time the story that touched me most was the story of how Rebekah became Isaac’s wife (chapter 24). Talk about God’s guidance! I absolutely loved the way how the people recognized God’s will and how they readily surrendered to it:“This is totally from God. We have no say in the matter, either yes or no. Rebekah is yours: Take her and go; let her be the wife of your master’s son, as God has made plain.” (Genesis 24:50-51, MSG)
This is something I want to do in my life.
I want readily to recognize God’s actions in my life. “This is totally from God“
I want readily to surrender to it. “We have no say in the matter“
I want readily to follow God’s guidance. Because there isn’t a better place to be than in God’s will.
That’s what I learned reading Genesis this time around. How about you?
You are everything:
alpha and omega and everything between.
Help us to recognize you in our lives.
Help us to surrender to your will.
Guide us to always live in your will.
Thy will be done in our lives,
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How is your Bible reading going?
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Be blessed as you keep on walking in faith!