Fearful Thoughts

Today’s reading: Genesis 26:1-11 Fear is a powerful emotion, and if we allow it to flood our mind and control our thinking, it will quickly pull our focus off of God and lead us down a bad and slippery path. That’s precisely what we see with Isaac when he...

Making Decisions

Today’s reading: Genesis 25:29-34; Proverbs 13:16 Every time I read Genesis 25:29-34, I end up shaking my head as I think to myself, “Really, Esau, what were you thinking?” But therein lies the problem. Esau wasn’t thinking clearly at all. He...

Lessons from History

Today’s reading: Genesis 25:1-18 Today’s passage advances the storyline of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael. Unlike most of the previous chapters where we read and learned about specific instances from Abraham’s life situations, choices and actions, this...

Ahead of the Plan

Today’s reading: Genesis 24:52-67 When I look back over the entire account of Abraham’s pursuit of a suitable wife for Isaac and how every detail of the storyline falls smoothly into place, God’s planning and provision stand out prominently. What a...

Declaring God

Today’s reading: Genesis 24:29-52 As I continued reading the account of Abraham’s servant finding Rebekah as a wife for Isaac, Psalm 145, which we read and considered over the weekend, immediately came to my mind. The predominant message of this psalm is...