Reflections for Week of 8/21/16

Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.

Read Genesis 3:14-19 (Tuesday 8/23)

This passage is usually referred to as The Curse. I’m drawn to this passage this week because I have had a little experience with The Curse recently: I just had a baby a month ago. Pregnancy was painful. Labor and delivery were painful. I was in labor for over a day! I honestly didn’t even think I could do it at moments. As it says in this passage, there is definitely great pain in childbearing. And, just as before my son was born, in the month since we’ve been slammed with hard, often frustrating, work. It’s tempting to blame God when things are hard, but if you read the section before this, it’s important to note: this is the result of sin in the world. The reality of sin is that it’s not funny and not light. It brings real pain and real death. God didn’t spontaneously curse humanity; humanity deserved it.

For Further Reflection: Do you ever blame God when you’re hit with the result of sin in the world?

Read Genesis 12:1-9 (Saturday 8/27)

If the last reflection seems like kind of a bummer, think about this: God curses humanity for sin in chapter 3 of Genesis. By chapter 12, he not only has already saved them from destruction once (Noah’s Ark, Ch 8-9) but he has already set his greatest plan of all into motion: the redemption of his own people. Here, we see that Abram has been called to leave his home. But before he goes, God lets him in on a secret: God will protect him wherever he goes. This is a beautiful response to the sin that has already taken foothold on the earth in these early chapters of Genesis. God knows that the world is dangerous and difficult. But he still says, GO! Go right into it, and I will go with you and bless you. I can vouch for this: despite the difficulty of labor, the greatest joy I’ve ever known is this last month with my new son. God can redeem everything.

For Further Reflection: Do you believe that God can redeem every difficult thing in your life?

Reflections written by Amy Giacalone

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