Bible Reading: Genesis 29:15-30
In our Bible verses for today, we read about Jacob. Jacob loved Rachel. He promised Rachel’s father, Laban, that he would work for him for seven years. Then Laban would let Jacob marry Rachel.
But Laban tricked Jacob. He gave Jacob his older daughter, Leah, instead. Laban told Jacob, “Continue for the full week of the marriage ceremony, and I will also give you Rachel to marry. But you must serve me another seven years” (verse 27). Jacob worked faithfully for Laban for fourteen years so that he could marry Rachel. God blessed Jacob with many children and possessions. Many years later, Jesus was born from Jacob’s family line.
All of us go through some hard times in our lives. But no matter what we face, we should always stay faithful to God. Sometimes the devil will tempt us to disobey God. But we should keep focused on God and His Word.
God will be with you today to help you stay faithful to Him! — Pam Davis
“Great blessings belong to those who are tempted and remain faithful! After they have proved their faith, God will give them the reward of eternal life.” James 1:12a
PRAYER: Dear God, I want to always stay faithful to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Genesis 22:1-14
Today we will look at another lesson we can learn from the life of Abraham.
Once I went rafting on a river. A leader and three other paddlers were in the boat with me. The leader told us exactly when to paddle and when to stop. As we neared a rapid, the leader told us how to make a complete spin as we were going through the rapid. We did exactly what the leader told us to do. It was a lot of fun! But if we had not followed the leader, we could have hit a rock and been thrown into the water.
In our Bible Reading, we learn about Abraham. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. That must have been a very difficult thing for Abraham to do. But Abraham obeyed God completely. Then God stopped Abraham before he killed Isaac. God was very pleased with Abraham’s obedience.
God may not ask us to sacrifice our children, but He does ask us to obey Him. Obey God today, and He will be happy and bless you. — Matthew Poe
“God tested Abraham’s faith. God told him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice. Abraham obeyed because he had faith. He already had the promises from God.” Hebrews 11:17-18a
PRAYER: Father, I want to be like Abraham and obey You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Genesis 17:1-14
For the next few days we will look at some lessons from the Old Testament.
When I want to watch a football game in a stadium, I need a ticket. When I get my ticket, I keep it until the day of the game. Then I show that ticket to the gatekeeper at the stadium. This ticket is proof that I have a seat saved for me in the stadium.
Our Bible verses tell us that God agreed to give Abraham land and many descendants. The proof of this agreement was circumcision. “This is the agreement between me and you and all your descendants. Every male must be circumcised” (verse 10b).
God has promised to save people who follow and obey Him. The proof of this salvation is the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13b-14 says, “God put his special mark on you by giving you the Holy Spirit…The Spirit…guarantees we will get all that God has for us.”
Praise God today for giving you His Holy Spirit to guide you through life! — Matthew Poe
“…I will prepare an agreement between me and you…It will continue forever.” Genesis 17:7a
PRAYER: Father, thank You for giving us the Holy Spirit and the hope of eternal life with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Jeremiah 29:11-14
A road that I often travel was under construction for a long time. While they were working on the road, I would watch their progress. Sometimes I thought that the road builder must be very confused!
Finally the construction was completed. Then I could see that the builder had a good plan. The way he had built the road made traveling much easier than before.
Sometimes I look at things happening in my life, and they seem to be a total mess — just like the road. I know that God has a plan for my life, but I do not understand how He will work everything out. Our Bible verses today remind us that God’s plan is to give us “hope and a good future” (verse 11b).
Now that I am older, I can look back and see how God has worked in my life. He has led me through some tough times and always shown me His love. God has a plan for your life, too. Ask God to show you His plan. — Norma Mezoe
“We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. These are the people God chose, because that was his plan.”
PRAYER: Father, show me Your plan for my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible Reading: Psalm 119:25-32
I found my Bible and opened it to our verses for today. I cried as I read verse 28, “I am sad and tired. Say the word, and make me strong again.”
Why was I crying? The day before I had taken our dog, Goldie, to the vet. She could not walk, so I wanted the vet to find out what was wrong. The vet called me that morning to tell me that Goldie had died during the night. My two sons and I were so sad!
Some people think that pets are not important, but Goldie was a special part of our family. She would always stay near my sons’ beds when they were sick. As I did my daily housework, Goldie would follow me everywhere. When I sat down, she would lie at my feet.
Maybe you are sad today. Maybe you have lost a pet, or a friend or relative has died. Or maybe you have financial problems or have lost your job. The only true place you can find comfort and peace is through God’s Word. Open your Bible and read God’s words. He will give you the strength you need to go on. — Bonnie Hall
“You can trust this. God is a safe place for those who go to him.” Proverbs 30:5
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for giving us comfort and peace through the Bible. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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