Daily Devotions: February 4-9, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
Read: Genesis 10:1-32
Where did the many nations of the world come from? If the world’s billions of people have a common ancestor, why are there so many different national groupings? Moses provides the answer in today’s reading. This is not an easy read. And Moses devotes most of his attention to those nations that stood in close relationship with the Lord. Have fun pronouncing those names!
Prayer starter: Thank You, Lord, for the blessing of my family. Amen.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Read: Genesis 11:1-9
The word “Babylon” represents the kingdom of darkness. So guess what the tower of Babel represents? A dark time in which many people determined that they could reach heaven on their own. Note the irony in verse five – the great tower is so small that God has to come down to see it!
Prayer starter: Lord Jesus, strengthen my faith so that I always walk in the light of Your love. Amen.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Read: Genesis 11:10-3
Here again is a not too exciting reading. However, Moses is tracing the line of the Messiah from Shem to Abraham (who you will read more about in the next chapters). Note the shortened life span of those in the genealogy. We don’t know why this is the case. What we do know from today’s reading is that God’s promises were not forgotten. The family line from which the Messiah, Jesus, will come is intact.
Prayer starter: Lord, grant me good health so that I might serve You with joy. Amen.
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Read: Genesis 12:1-9
“Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham” Well, it’s true! Note two important things. First, God made Abram many promises – “I will make you into a great nation” I will bless you…I will make your name great” Second, Abram trusted God (read again verse 4).
Prayer starter: Father God, help me to trust in Your promises to forgive and to save through Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Read: Genesis 12:10-20
Abram trusted God. But Abram did not trust God perfectly. Instead, Abram trusted more in his own creativity to get himself out of the mess with Pharaoh than believe that God would protect and keep Abram and Sarai safe. Finally, the Lord creatively intervened to save the two.
Prayer starter: Heavenly Father, help me to rely more on Your Word than my wisdom day by day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Read: Genesis 13:1-18
God promised Abram, “I will bless you.” God keeps His promises! Read verse six again. Abram saw all the tension that was being created by two camps from being so blessed. Abram gives Lot the choice of where to live, trusting that God will continue to provide for his family, his servants, his animals and all his possessions.
Prayer starter: O God, help me pray, “I trust in You as my provider!” Amen.