Learning From Their Lives
Abraham: The Power of Faith
Our spiritual journey begins with leaving something behind — with taking a step away from where we are now and leaving our comfort zones. We need to be reborn in spirit. When we’re on the spiritual journey, we may feel like our lives are falling apart. However, if we let go and allow God to be the master surgeon, there will be healing. The journey isn’t easy but when God uses our lives, the results are eternal.
Abraham & Isaac: The Gift, the Release, the Provision
Everything in life is a gift from God, and undeserved. Don’t give up praying because you haven’t seen the answer yet. Trials make us better people, help us recognize others’ pain. Abraham willingly parted with the gift that brought him the greatest joy. Whatever it is, we have the choice to let it go and put it on the altar like Abraham did. Jesus became our provision when he died on the cross. He fulfilled the promise made to Abraham.
Isaac & Rebekah: Following Wherever God Leads
God lets us do things our way. But when we seek God’s counsel, He gives what is best for us. We may have to change our desires and perspectives to match God’s and meet Him in the middle. Rebekah did not hesitate to leave her family and go with Eliezer. There will come a time in our lives when we have to go — in faith — and leave behind what we love. But God has greater blessings in store.
Jacob: Overcoming Shame and Guilt
When trouble comes, we must ask “God, how can this make me better or stronger?” Because God comes to us disguised as our life. Through challenges, He may be preparing us to take on a bigger blessing. Running away does not solve anything. We cannot outrun our mistakes and choices, they will catch up to us. God gives us so many exit ramps when we are on the wrong path, but we don’t take them. How can we turn to Him?
Esau: Making the Choice
When we are starving, we can think of nothing else. Like Esau, we all have our bowl of stew — we’re willing to trade large value for temporary pleasure. Sin works our desires and we get addicted. But those with addiction are not without hope. God can help us get rid of the addiction — we don’t need the strength but we need to make the choice. And we can help our loved ones who suffer from addictions make the choice by praying for them.
Melchizedek: We Need a Mediator
Hebrews 7: 1 – 5 describes the greatness of Melchizedek, priest of the God most high. Melchizedek previewed the role of Christ in our lives. Jesus is our mediator, our way to salvation.
Times of greatest challenge and pain are not times to pull away from God but to pull closer to Him. Let us be determined to do our best to His glory no matter what situation we’re in, no matter how bad it seems. We must bring God into everything we do, into every decision. Let us stay positive — wherever we are — and do what God wants us to do. We think God needs to change our circumstances but God really needs to change us.
For Joseph, it was always about God. When we are all about us, it is much misery and pain. Joseph lived his life before an audience of one. God helped him be fruitful and multiply in the very land of his suffering. Joseph saw himself as sent not sold. Later he did not want revenge but an outpouring of the same grace God had shown him on his brothers. Wherever we are, God will use us within our spheres of influence to make an impact on others for His glory.
Learning From OUR Lives
Are we blaming others when the problem is us? We all have blind spots. But we must fix the plank in our own eye before trying to remove the speck in our brother’s. In constantly worrying about the next problem, it is easy to lose sight of the grace that is being poured into our lives every day. We must trust the one who judges justly. Sometimes the biggest troubles are the biggest instances of grace. God can bring good out of anything.