Genesis 12-15

Daily Reading

Genesis 12-15

Daily Thought

Written one after the other, you see a interesting similarity between the stories of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) and Abram (Genesis 12:1-3). Both the people of Babel and of Abram were going to be a great people. In Babel, they would build a marvelous city with a tower that reached the heavens. To Abram, the promise of a great nation. The people of Babel said, “Let us make a name for ourselves”; to the people of Abram, God said, “I will make your name great.”

Both had their eyes on a great nation and a great name, but there is a difference: self-made versus God-made. The people of Babel said, “Let us make” – they desired to do without God. Abram, on the other hand, was stamped “made by God.” When self made, the focus is on me; God made, and you bless others. Because Babel was self-made, they were made for themselves. Their focus was inward, “lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” God, rather, turns our eyes outward. God made Abram a great nation, gave him a great name, “so that you will be a blessing.”

The difference: one is self made and self consumed; the other, made by God “and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3).

Daily Prayer

Creator, You made me.  Fearfully and wonderfully, you formed me for a purpose.  You are in charge, You are God, and, best of all, You are good.  My passion is to do the good You have made me to do. To be a blessing, as I have been so blessed.  To love, because You first loved me.

I find myself on my knees in worship, because I am amazed, in awe of You.  The heavens and earth proclaim Your majesty.  And You would think of me, one so small?  In my smallness, You’ve placed Your image, given me Your Spirit, and You call me to be a blessing to others.  Of course, I’ll do it!

Amen

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