First and foremost, let me thank you for your prayers yesterday. I felt them, and it helped me through a really difficult day. Praying friends are so AWESOME, and always, ultimately, God is good.
Today, let me talk about Patriarchs. If you have not signed up for the study at church, please consider doing so. This was one of my all-time favorite studies I have done. I can’t wait to start again. It taught me a lot and as always, with a Beth Moore study, you hear things the second time around that you missed, or it just wasn’t meant for you to retain the first time through.
Abram (Abraham) Isaac and Jacob. Genesis. Very interesting. Sarai (Sarah), Hagar, Ismael, Joshua, Rebekah, Esau, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Tamar, and it goes on. All flawed people. God loved them. God loves me. As quoted in Beth’s introduction, if God talks about it, then he means for us to talk about it too. God knows the way of mankind and I think for the first time I realized that God intended to lift me up for His glory just as he did these people in this study. To quote from Week Eight: “God purposes to use every second of a devinely ordained wait to build us into the individuals our future demands we be. One of the most peculiar and exquisite experience of faith is realizing that while you haven’t seen answers, or the way you should take, you’ve learned how to see the light of God himself. Right there in the blindness of your own circumstance”. And in Week Nine “God will never lead you anywhere you can’t ultimately be productive to the glory of His great name” Whew, I tell you, this really is a great study. You learn history, you learn more about individuals, and you learn just how much God is committed to us.
Come join us at Second Baptist Church next Wednesday night and begin the study of The Patriarchs. Hope to see you there.