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Posted: Jan 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read through the Bible in 90 days. I started on January 2nd and have just about finished with Genesis. It has been a great way for me to reevaluate how I spend my time. Now, when I have a few minutes to spare, I grab the Bible to make sure I get my reading regiment in for that day. It’s been great for my self discipline:)

As I was going through the Genesis account again, I was awestruck by the characters upon which our faith is grounded. Obviously, Christianity is based on the teachings of Christ. However, as Christians, the founding fathers of Judaism have a great deal to do with our understanding of the Bible as well. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were great men and I am learning over again over the course of the past week just how “normal” these guys were. I guess the reason that I like reading about these guys so much as that it encourages me to know that God uses people that sometimes make mistakes. Believe me…..I know how to make mistakes!

Jacob has always been an interesting study to me. Here is a guy that cheated and stole his way to just about all that he received. He deceived his brother to get his birthright, stole livestock from his uncle Laban, and had 2 wives and 2 concubines. Hollywood could make a lot of money basing a soap opera off of the life of Jacob! To me, that wreaks of instability! Yet we know Jacob as one of the founding fathers of our faith and a man who was an ancestor of Jesus himself!

Why does God choose the people that He does? I guess none of us will ever really know for sure. I know that God uses normal, everyday, unworthy people. I think God uses mundane, ordinary, common people to underscore the fact that it is He, not the person, who should get the credit. I am very happy to play 2nd fiddle when it comes to my relationship with God. It’s all about him and not about me. My life exists so that people can see God in and through me. Jacob, for all his shortcomings and failures understood that.

This year, put your trust in God and allow Him to be the one that pulls the strings in your life. The path He takes you on may not always be easy and uncomfortable, but I can tell you with absolute certainty that it will never be boring!

With Expectancy!


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