URC Daily Devotion: 2nd February

Genesis 25.19-28

These are the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham fathered Isaac,  and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife.  And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her, and she said, “If it is thus, why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.”
When her days to give birth were completed, behold, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all his body like a hairy cloak, so they called his name Esau. Afterward his brother came out with his hand holding Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob.  Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.  When the boys grew up, Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the field, while Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.  Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob


The title ‘Genesis’ (Gk. Geneseos) means ‘generations’.  Genesis is a record of ten successive generations.  The point being that generations come and go, but the Lord remains and never changes.  The Book of Genesis is a record of the faithfulness and patience of God.

We live in an ‘instant’ society.  We have instant coffee, instant breakfasts, instant soup, instant pudding and microwave popcorn.  We have instamatic cameras, Internet and email, universal cell phone coverage, cable TV, iPods, DVDs, Playstations and Palm Pilots.  We have become conditioned to ‘fast food’, Quick-print and Express-mail.  As efficient as all of this is, we have become products of an ‘instant society’.  We want everything quicker and faster.  We cannot wait for desires to be met in the fullness of time. We demand instant gratification.  If there is a complication in our lives, we search for an instant solution.  What I find a little worrying is that we seem to believe that we have an inalienable right to be happy.  No-one waits for anything and for the most part – no-one has to!

In this passage, we learn that we must accomplish God’s will, God’s way. God is going to work out His will, in His way, and in His time, but we must wait upon Him to accomplish it.


God is working His purpose out
As year succeeds to year;
God is working His purpose out
And the time is drawing near;
Nearer and nearer draws the time,
The time that shall surely be,
When the earth shall be filled with the glory of God
As the waters cover the sea.

A C Ainger (1841-1919)

Today’s Writer

Ann Barton is the Facilities and Health & Safety Manager at Church House.

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