I Know This World It Ain’t My Home (Genesis 47-50)

Then he gave them these instructions: "I am about to be gathered to my people.  Bury me with my fathers in the cave... which Abraham bought along with the field as a burial place... There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah." (Genesis 49:29-31) The end of Jacob's life should serve as a reminder for ... [Continue Reading]

Limited Vision (Genesis 41-42)

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.  You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders.  Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” (Genesis 41:39-40) When life gets the best of us, it's easy to think that we'll never get out of the depths ... [Continue Reading]

Unstoppable (Job 40-42)

"I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted." (Job 42:2) God is an unstoppable, and there is nothing that you or I can do to get in His way or to keep Him from accomplishing His purposes here on earth.  The encouraging thing is that that there is nothing the Enemy can do to thwart God's plans, either. The account of Job began with Satan ... [Continue Reading]

Holding Onto Hope (Job 17-20)

I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27) Within the confines of this Old Testament book of wisdom literature is a statement that is incredibly profound.  Job ... [Continue Reading]

Light in Dark Times (Job 6-9)

I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning. (Job 7:16) In the moment of our pain, it's hard not to feel despair.  When the news arrives of the death of a loved one or the discovery of the much-feared diagnosis, our immediate response is one of disheartenment.  In Job's case, his emotional state brought him to the conclusion that his ... [Continue Reading]

A Fresh Start (Genesis 1-3)

Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. (Genesis 3:2) It's remarkable to me that Adam decided to name his wife, "Eve."  After all, one of the biggest let-downs of human history had just occurred.  God created this masterful new world, and the new man and his wife were given one rule: don't eat from the tree. One rule.  And they ... [Continue Reading]