Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Somewhere along the way, Isaac stopped sowing seeds of faithfulness to God and started sowing seeds of laziness and selfishness. Sadly,Â his whole family followed his example. Tragically, his whole family started falling apart.
And yet…God did not abandon them. He didn’t cast them off and forsake them. He continued to pursue them and continued to extend to them His grace…even in the midst of their mess.
This past Sunday, we studied Genesis 28 and continued the cautionary tale of a family that fell apart and fell into sin. Listen to the message from Sunday or listen to past messages in our Genesis study.
“Behold, I am with you…”
There it is! That glorious phase, that glorious gift when God says, “I am with you.”
”I am with you…” in the midst of your mess, Jacob…heal catcher…schemer…sinner.
”I am with you. I never left you and I will never leave you. I will fulfill my promises to you. I will complete the work—the good work that I began in you.”
Isn’t God good? Isn’t God gracious when He meets with us in the midst of our mess and says the same to us? That glorious and gracious promise—“I am with you and I will be with you always, even to the end of the age.”
God’s presence in your life is not based upon your performance. It is based upon His promise. He is with you always…even to the end of the age.
A few weeks ago, we passed out bottles to fill with donations that will help Pregnancy Resource Center support the life changing work of meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of men and women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy.
We will be collecting bottles this Sunday, February 10th. If you have a bottle, please remember to bring it (filled with cash, check, or coin) to the worship service this Sunday.
For 30 years, Pregnancy Resource Center has been sharing the love of Jesus by preserving the lives of unborn children and meeting the specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their clients through medical, educational, and counseling services.
Please remember to pray for the mission & work of Pregnancy Resource Center in our community:
Pregnancy Resource Center is a Christ-centered ministry desiring to reach more abortion-vulnerable women, empower both men and women to make informed decisions, and encourage spiritual growth and godly community. Learn more about how Pregnancy Resource Center is making a life-saving difference in our community.
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“There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.” –Genesis 26:1
Trials, tests, and temptations are all part and parcel of our time here, in the in-between time—in the time between God‘s promise to prepare a place for us and the fulfillment of the promise…the day He comes to pick us up and take us home.
So until that day, there will be tests from the Lord to try our faith, temptations from the enemy to try and destroy our faith, and trials when they all seem to mix together and happen at the same time.
Similar to the trials that we see Isaac endure in Genesis 26. And yet, in the end, there is an affirmation—a word from the Lord—in the midst of these trials that emboldens his faith. In the midst of all this mess, God mercifully affirms to Isaac, “I am with you.”
Isn't that all we need to hear in this in-between time, during the tests, temptations, and trials?
“I am with you.”
It’s a merciful affirmation since all of us (including Isaac) have given God every right and every reason not only to leave us, not only to forsake us but to end us altogether. And yet, God mercifully says, “I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. I will always be with you, even unto the end of the age.”
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