Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday, January 9th: Genesis 23-24, Romans 8:22-39 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Genesis 23-24, Romans 8:22-39

In our OT passage we see the incredible trust Abraham places in his servant as he sends him back to Haran to find Isaac a wife from among their own people.  Abraham's servant must have served him diligently, honorably, faithfully, and with integrity, in order for Abraham to trust him with so great a task.

What a great reminder for us to be faithful where God has called us.  It reminds of Luke 16:10 which says One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

We do not know what God could be preparing for us to do, or how great (or small) a job may be entrusted to us.  But we can be faithful and work diligently where God has placed us, so that we are ready when He calls us to do greater things.

Our NT passage contains so many well-known verses that are true treasures....

8:28  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

8:29-30 speaks about God choosing who will be justified.  The doctrine of election is clearly seen in this passage, which does not negate our own responsibility for our choices.
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
8:31b If God is for us, who can be against us?We are more than conquerors because God turns everything (including suffering and death) into good for those who love Him.

8:38-39  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.Nothing can separate us from His love!

 Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Genesis 25-26, Romans 9:1-15


Conrad said...

A great reminder in the OT passage on trusting God's plan, and that He will provide the means and the people in our life to bring it to completion.

Pamela said...

I tried to find an old post where I remember writing about this passage but I couldn't find struck me today again that how often are our actions the answer to someone's prayers. I'm sure Rebekah just was being thoughtful to an obvious stranger who had no means of his own when she offered to water the camels as well. Little did she know what that simple action would lead to.

I also thought about what a difference a day can make. In one day, Rebecca went from an errand girl pulling up water for a traveller to a promised wife of a wealthy man. We don't know what surprises God has for us right around the corner.