January 8, 2017

January 8, 2017

GENESIS 25-26

Focus Verse: “That night the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.’ Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.”

Genesis 26:24-25

We’ve talked about this before; the presence of God is the most important thing in this world (and the next). Abraham knew this and God blessed him for it. He also did something we in the faith need to make sure we aren’t missing out on – HE DISCIPLED HIS SON! Where do you think Isaac learned to build an altar? How did Isaac know to call on the name of the Lord? Because his father taught him the most important things in life…the things of the Lord.

We cannot miss this with our children. Notice one thing Abraham did NOT do: he did not experience God for his son. He couldn’t. Everyone needs their own experience with God. That’s not something that can be taught. But you can teach your children how to get there. What to look for. How to seek Him. And then on top of that, you can teach them what to do once He shows up.

I love what Isaac does once God shows up. He sets up shop right there. What a fantastic idea! Here is God’s presence…guess where I’m building my house? Right here! Guess where I’m digging my well? Right here!

Now don’t misunderstand me, God’s presence is all around us. He is everywhere all the time. But we can get into such a rush trying to get on to the next “ministry opportunity” that we forget to just dwell in His presence. Do you feel God moving somewhere around you? Take, at the very least, a moment and dwell in the presence of the Lord.

Life is busy. No one will argue with you about that. But let’s prioritize here. The presence of God is above all else. Everything else can wait!

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