Posts Tagged ‘Genesis’

The Faithful Reward

When Abram’s nephew, Lot, and many others of the area were captured by an invading army Abram took his servants and those neighbors who wished to help and fought for the return of the captives (Genesis 14). When Abram returned victorious, the king of the invaded land offered him a great reward. But Abram would take nothing but the expenses of those who went with him (Genesis 14:21-24). Abram could have been enriched almost beyond measure in earthly goods, but he instead wanted God, those around him, and most importantly himself to know that he depended fully and only on the Lord.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that in the very next verse (15:1) the Lord came to Abram in a vision encouraging him, “Fear not.” Jehovah promised that he was Abram’s shield and his exceeding great reward. He had previously promised that Abram’s family would increase beyond number: “If a man can number the dust of the earth, than may your seed be numbered” (Genesis 13:16). Abram didn’t know how that promise would be fulfilled but, “he believed in Jehovah; and it was reckoned to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). Jehovah saw and rewarded Abram’s faithfulness. And God’s faithfulness would always be greater than any Abram could even expect.

Lord, help me know Abram’s confidence in my own life. Help me turn from the baubles of the world to find the true riches of your faithfulness.

Good in an Evil World

“And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

A quick look back through history reveals that this observation could have been made at many different times. We often wonder how the world could be so full of evil. It seems people immerse themselves in it so easily.

But there is a follow-up to that thought. It’s in verses 8 and 9: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah… Noah was a righteous man, and perfect in his generations: Noah walked with God.”

There have always been active people of God somewhere in society. They often become overshadowed by others bent on evil living. Noah is certainly one example of that. Sometimes, the religious leaders can’t even find them: “Or know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? how he pleadeth with God against Israel: ‘Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.’ But what saith the answer of God unto him? ‘I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.’ Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant…” (Romans 11:2-5).

Like Noah, like the 7000 God told Elijah about, and like the remnant the Apostle Paul mentioned, there is still today an active body of true God followers, those who have not given in to the seduction of evil. Now, it’s true that everyone has some sin, some mistake that can mar their soul. But with God’s gracious offer of salvation and your decision to accept it, you, too, can be part of God’s precious family. No matter how evil the day looks, God will see through it to find the heart that searches for him.