The book of Genesis has a lot of bleak stories in it. From the first sin, the first murder and heinous acts of corruption, we have seen humanity at its worst. The fulfillment to the promise of redemption made to Abraham has seemed to be (from a human vantage point) quite precarious. But God has proved to be faithful through very harrowing passages. As the book draws to a close the abundant blessing of God is on full display. There is a moment of peace. The family of Israel is settled, Jacob and Joseph are reunited, and Joseph prospers in his work. This is a good moment to reflect on the ways God has blessed us.
Reflect: Consider the various ways in which God’s blessing has been evident in your life. This does not mean we should expect a life of ease, but even in the midst of great hardship there are many things we can be thankful for.
Connect: Thankfulness is particularly important for people who live on the other side of the cross. And God wants Christian community to be a place where we inspire one another to greater thankfulness. How can you share some aspects of your thankful list (above) with others?
Colossians 3:15-16 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
This blog is part of the ministry of City Reformed Presbyterian Church. Unless otherwise noted, the entries are written by Matt Koerber. This is part of a project that our church is doing as we read through the narrative sections of Scripture between early January and Easter 2020. New entries will be scheduled to drop automatically at 5:00 am on the scheduled day.