A study of Genesis 12-16
It wasn’t until I started this particular study that I understood what a covenant is. A covenant is a PROMISE. In a biblical context, it is a promise from God to His people. Because we know our God is everything He says He is and does everything he says He will do; we can let ourselves absorb the meaning of that word. The covenant of God is His perfect promise to us. This study picks up in Chapter 12 of the book of Genesis. Our first week’s homework was based on chapters 12-16.
In these chapters we see a lack of trust in God, lying, favoritism, manipulation, and selfishness. Unfortunately, this is in reference to God’s chosen people; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and subsequently, their wives, Sarai, Rebekah, and Rachel.
These men, time and time again, didn’t trust our God enough to let Him do what He promised. Instead, they took matters into their own hands. And when it wasn’t them, it was their wives, giving maids to their husbands so children could be born or rearranging things for favorite sons to take what rightfully belonged to others.
When I was reading about these people I was amazed at how God responded; with love, and forgiveness. He offered compassion, and redemption, still giving promises of what He was going to do for them. In Genesis 12:1-3 God promised to make Abram a great nation, that He would bless him, He would make his name great, that Abram would be a blessing, and those that bless him will be blessed.
God didn’t stop there, He promised to bless all the families on earth. God made these promises in and through this week’s study as we shall learn. I learned that when God makes a covenant He will keep His word. He never changes, He never breaks His word. This week, I wondered A LOT why God used such dysfunctional people. Now I firmly believe it has to be to show us that God can use broken people in mighty ways.
Prayer and Encouragement
My prayer this week is for you to know, deep inside, that God is always true to what the scripture says about him. That you can trust Him to always be the same, and never to break his word, just waiting for the opportunity to show you how dependable he is.
If you are in the midst of trial and just don’t know what to do, I pray that you take the step that could be life-changing. As we see in chapters 12-16, we as people can’t handle some of the things sent our way but God can! I pray that God keeps his hand on you this coming week, that you feel his presence and you find rest in it. Until next week my friends.