This week in The Story we are examining Chapter 2 where “God Builds a Nation.”
Monday: Read Genesis 12:1-4. What did God tell Abram He would do for him? What would happen through Abram to all peoples on the earth? What part of this promise is quite surprising since Abram and Sarai are childless? How did Abram show his faith in God? Where is God calling you to go in your life? How are you answering that call?
Tuesday: Read Hebrews 11:8-12. How does “by-faith living” stretch Abraham and Sarah in these summary verses of their lives in Genesis? Where do you find yourself living “by faith” this day? Where do you struggle to live “by faith”? How does this lead you to pray for God’s guidance?
Wednesday: Read Genesis 22:1-2. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, to test Abraham’s faith and also used this as a foreshadowing of God’s own sacrifice of His Son. Is there an area of your life that God is calling you to “sacrifice”? Identify the next steps you need to take.
Thursday: Read Genesis 22:6-8. We typically focus on the faith of Abraham in these verses. What impresses you with the faith of Isaac? As you picture this scene from Isaac’s perspective, what glimpse does that give you to the uniqueness of God’s work in
Friday: Read Genesis 22:12-14 and Hebrews 11:17-19. Why does Abraham call the place, “The LORD will provide”? How is Abraham’s faith surprised? Affirmed? Where do you need for the Lord to provide in the lives of those you love today? How are you praying specifically for God’s provision in their lives? In your life?
Saturday: Read Genesis 12:1-5. Nearly everyone has experienced the playground process of choosing teams. Compare the way God chooses His “team” with the way you choose your “team.” Whom in your life do you need to see from God’s perspective? On which “team” might God be calling you?
If you would like to GO DEEPER check out:
- Walking the Bible by Bruce Feiler
- Abraham: Holding Fast to the Will of God by Gene Getz (Men of Character Series)
The Bible passages covered in Chapter 2: Genesis 12:1-5, Hebrews 11:8, Genesis 12:6-7, 13:5-6, 13:14-18, Hebrews 11:9-10, Genesis 15:1-6, Romans 4:18-22, Genesis 16:9-17:11, 17:14-16, 21:1-2, Hebrews 11:11-12, Genesis 21:3-20, Genesis 22:1-13, Hebrews 11:17-19, Genesis 22:14-18, Genesis 32:3-30, Genesis 33:1-12, Genesis 35:1-7, Genesis 35:9-12, Genesis 35: 16-19, Genesis 35:22, and Genesis 35:27-29.