Posts tagged Genesis
Are You Spiritually Fit?

And he [Abram] divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.
Genesis 14:15

I am amazed to see some of the things that younger women do today. On any given day in my neighborhood, I see young moms jogging behind strollers holding  a toddler or a baby or two, and I think, wow!

She is really disciplined and focused! How in the world does she have the energy for that, when I know from personal experience how much work awaits her at home? Caring for a home and a family, and possibly a husband and a career, is no small task, but this young lady must be highly motivated by something to expend her precious time and energy on running. I am impressed.

Perhaps her motivation is stress relief, or maybe it is physical health...maybe she wants to provide a good example to her children...maybe she uses her running as a way to connect to God...whatever it is, I submit to you that whatever is motivating her is a powerful force!

Being in shape physically is very valuable, but being in shape spiritually is far more so...

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Bad Things vs. Good People

They also took Lot, the son of Abram's brother, who was dwelling in Sodom, and his possessions, and went their way.
Genesis 14:12

Do you find yourself asking why do bad things happen to good people? Or, where is God when bad things happen?

Throughout Scripture, bad things happened to seemingly good people. In Genesis 14:1-16, Abram’s nephew Lot is kidnapped in the midst of a war. Once Abram learns of his nephew’s predicament, he gathers his allies and goes to rescue Lot and his family (Genesis 14:13-16), but where was God? Why did God allow Lot and his family to be kidnapped?

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Hope in Sadness

So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company...
Genesis 13:11

How can God encourage us in times of sadness?

“Christians shouldn’t be sad.”

As if we are super-human or something.  I don’t know how many people I’ve come across who believe Christians should all walk and talk like Ned Flanders (a Simpsons reference...I might be aging myself here a bit)...

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"That Won't Happen To Me" and Other Lies

“Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of Jordan was well watered, like the garden of  the  LORD,  like  the  land  of  Egypt,  toward  Zoar.  (This  was  before  the  LORD  destroyed Sodom  and  Gomorrah.)  So  Lot  chose  for  himself  the  whole  plain  of  Jordan  and  set  out toward the east. The two men parted company. Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.”
Genesis 13: 10-12 

What were your thoughts as you read that snippet of Lot’s life? Did you want to shout, “Don’t do it, Lot! Turn around! Go back to your uncle!”? Or, did you think, “Well, it’s dangerous to be around that much temptation but if he’s careful...” Maybe, like me, you read that short passage with a self-assured air, “I can  see  how  Lot  was  drawn in,  but  that  wouldn’t  happen  to  me.  Besides,  didn’t  Jesus  say  something about letting your light shine?”  

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Running From Conflict

In Genesis 13:1-8, we encounter a situation that stresses me out. Strife is occurring between Abram and Lot’s herdsmen because there isn’t enough land to support all of them. In order to keep strife from arising between Abram and Lot and to maintain peace among their herdsmen, the two separate so that they can each have enough land. 

This situation stresses me out because I hate conflict. I know hate is a strong word, but I think it might be accurate. I try to avoid confrontation at all costs. Arguments make me feel uncomfortable and awkward and tense, and I just do not like those negative feelings. So actually, I need to edit myself. I don’t only hate conflict; I fear it...

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