February 1

February 1

Isaac & the Blessing — Isaac inherits the blessings God gave to Abraham.

Today’s Readings:
Reading 1: Genesis 26
Reading 2: 1 Chronicles 16:14-22
Reading 3: Galatians 4:28

Earlier we saw God’s foundational plan to bless us and give us an inheritance. Today we see that plan take another step forward through Isaac. He continues to pursue God despite repeated challenges, and to seek God’s blessing as promised. And the outcome is that God confirmed his blessing to Isaac, as he had to Abraham. Chronicles shows us that this repeated blessing is part of God’s covenant with his people.

As you read today, notice that Isaac is not perfect – he lies to Abimelech about Rebekah. Despite God’s promises, Isaac had trouble trusting them. Sometimes weaknesses and sins like this run in families. remember Abraham lying about Sarah? As we read today, we may see traits in the people described that are reflected in our own lives. Yet let’s remember this, as Paul wrote to the Galatians: “And you, dear brothers and sisters, are children of the promise, just like Isaac.”

What a comfort to us all! Have a great day!

Together: share ways you are tempted to hide the truth, and why. Pray for one another to overcome these temptations to sin.