Sunday, January 04, 2009
Bible study day 4
Today's chapters are Genesis 12 - 15
Notes: Chapter 12 - The story of Abram. When God called him, Abram moved out in faith from Ur to Haran and finally to Canaan. I have had a similar experience with being called from my home of birth and moving out in faith. I look back and am amazed at the amount of faith reacquired to do what I did, for I also had children counting on me. God's timing is always right and always perfect.
Chapter 13 - Abram and Lot. Life is a series of choices, We, too, can choose the best while ignoring the needs and feelings of others. But this kind of choice, as Lot's life show, leads to problems. When we stop making choices in God's direction, all that is left is to make choices in the wrong direction.
Chapter 14 - Abram rescues Lot. When Abram learned that Lot was a captive he immediately tried to rescue his nephew. It is easier and safer not to become involved. But with Lot in serious trouble, Abram acted at once. Sometimes we must get involved in a messy or painful situation in order to help others. We should be willing to act immediately when others need our help.
Chapter 15 - God promises a son to Abram. Although Abram had been demonstrating his faith through his actions, it was his belief in the Lord, not his actions , that made Abram right with God. We, too, can have a right relationship with God by trusting him. Our outward actions - church attendance, prayer, good deeds - will not by themselves make us right with God. A right relationship is based on faith - the heartfelt inner confidence that God is who he says he is and does what he says he will do. right actions will follow naturally as by-products.
Blessings, Beth Ann
Tomorrow Genesis 16 - 18