Assigned Reading: Psalms 38-40; Genesis 12-15
Because our study is chronological, it took us to the book of Job after Genesis 1-11. Well now that we have read, mourned, and repented with Job and his friends, it is time to return to Genesis. Are you ready? Genesis is a beautiful book with much insight and truths.
Chapter 38 – Our lives can reek from our foolish sins. David’s life was in ruins, because of his sins. When we have unconfessed sin in our lives, it truly does eat away at us. Let us confess our sins before our Maker who knows absolutely everything about us. I want to share the ending of David’s prayer. It’s beautiful, regardless of the translation.
Don’t dump me, God; my God, don’t stand me up. Hurry and help me; I want some wide-open space in my life! (vv. 21-22, The Message)
Chapter 39 – The Psalms remind me of many truths. Here, we are reminded that we need to join David in watching what we say and do. Our lives are short, and we need to remember our hope. Our hope is found in Jesus Christ, our Savior and God’s Son. He is our true wealth and joy. He is our Deliverance from our own rebellion.
Lord, we need Your rescuing – from ourselves. We need Your help. None but You, Lord!
Chapter 40 – God heard David’s cry and helped him. God can deliver us from anything, but we need to bring the things of our lives to His precious feet. God’s plans for us are soo many – too many to list. So, let us come confessing our sin knowing our need for Him and cry out for His eternal help!
The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you (12:1).’
God began his journey with Abram. Abram was called to go to the land God would show him. God showed him the promised land that God was going to give Abraham’s family. Their family would have a long journey to go, before reaching this land of “milk and honey”. This land of abundance would be theirs, but in time.
… if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you (13:15-17).”
… Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness (15:5-6).
Between the call to the talk he had with God about Abraham’s further inheritance, Abraham faced hardship. Many things of hardship, but God’s promises still stood true. Though childless, God’s promise of many descendants was still true. Abraham knew the power of taking God at His Word. We have to trust God, even when our lives are “in the waiting” to see what God is going to do.
God’s promises still stand, even if our circumstances look vastly different than the outcome is supposed to be. Abraham’s reality looked so different from what God said his life would look like in a few years. This reveals the power of our God, and the need to trust Him. Things won’t always look like we envision, but He will provide the things He promises.