Daily Devotions: March 4-9, 2019
Monday, March 4, 2019
Read: Genesis 25:19-34
Referring to today’s reading, Martin Luther once wrote, “Keep these two pictures before your eyes because each of us is either an Esau or a Jacob. Esau, unfortunately, is a man who was richly blessed by God but despised the Lord’s blessings and lost them (see Hebrews 12:15-17 for a summary of Esau’s life).
Prayer starter: Lord, help me turn aside any desire I might have with temporary, earthly things so that I keep focused on the crown of life You have for me and all who believe. Amen.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Read: Genesis 26:1-11
The devil might have a tempting bag of tricks but he didn’t have to reach very far into the bag to cause Isaac to stumble. Isaac’s try at deception was pretty poor; he and Rebekah had two children! Once again, God comes to the rescue, preserving His people and His plan for the salvation of the world.
Prayer starter: Heavenly Father, guard me from the temptations of the devil and rescue me from all evil. Amen.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Read: Genesis 26:12-35
God richly blessed Isaac; even the king had to admit, “We clearly saw the Lord was with you.” It seems the king realized that since Isaac was going to prosper, he might as well join him. See Proverbs 16:7. Unfortunately, Esau continues to live in a reckless and faithless way.
Prayer starter: Bless our worship, Lord, as we continue to learn more about the Lord’s Prayer. Amen.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Read: Genesis 27:1-25
Today’s reading seems to be written in the style of a soap opera. There’s intrigue, deception, and greed run amok. Rebekah’s motivation was not the glory of God but the welfare of her favorite son. And Jacob’s response lacks the kind of honesty and integrity you’d expect for an heir of God’s Messianic promise. Bad behavior all around!
Prayer starter: Forgive me, Lord, for those times when I took matters into my own hands instead of trusting in Your way and will for my life.
Friday, March 8, 2019
Read: Genesis 27:26-46
See verse 33 again – it’s not hard to understand why Isaac trembled as he did. How hard would it be to learn that you have been deceived by your own wife and son? Still, in spite of it all, God’s will had been done and the blessing had gone to the one the Lord intended it for. All Isaac can do is give Esau an idea of what the future will hold – and it ain’t good!
Prayer starter: Father God, help me to live in loving obedience according to Your Word. Amen.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Read: Genesis 28:1-9
Some have called this chapter the start of God’s training program for Jacob. As you read, see you can identify those times when God taught Jacob how to put down his sinful nature. Also, look for those times that God teaches Jacob that he can trust God’s promises.
Prayer starter: Lord, prepare my heart to receive Your gifts of grace this weekend. Amen.