Posts with the tag “god”
Day 26: Exodus 13-15; Matthew 19:1-15
by Jonathan Merki on January 26th, 2023
God's direction is on purpose. When God did not direct Israel to take the most direct route to save them from war and defeat, they did not understand that His plan was for their good and protection (Exodus 13:17-18). You and I know this because it's history...they did not. We may not, however, understand God's present direction, but history (and experience) tells us we can trust God's Word. Beside...
Day 20: Genesis 46-48; Matthew 15:21-39
by Jonathan Merki on January 20th, 2023
While Jesus' comment about what comes out of the mouth (Matthew 15:11) is in a negative context...he was speaking of what is in the heart, and pointing to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees...today's readings make me think of the positive. Consider Jesus (Matthew 15:21-39) and all He said and did that came from His heart...teaching, healing, feeding...blessing the people. Now, look back to Jacob. He a...
Day 16: Genesis 38-40; Matthew 13:24-58
by Jonathan Merki on January 16th, 2023
True faith cannot be destroyed by disappointment...it is trust in a God Who sees and is in the bigger picture. Despite the wrong that had been done to Joseph, and it was extreme, he continued to walk in God's way and bear fruit in his undeserved circumstances. Were he not there, would he have gained an audience with Pharaoh? So God honored Joseph's trust and made his suffering a bridge to his sign...
Day 7: Genesis 18-22
by Jonathan Merki on January 7th, 2023
Since we reviewed a God-title yesterday, let's follow suit today. In Genesis 21 we are reminded of Abraham's fickleness (not his faithfulness)...
Day 6: Genesis 15-17; Matthew 7
by Jonathan Merki on January 6th, 2023
El-Roi, God Who Sees (Genesis 16:13). El is God in His essence. Sovereign God, God Alone, sees all. To many, that is scary, but if you look at the context, a servant named Hagar is fleeing for her life and in a desperate place, and that is where she encounters God...or should I say, God encounters her...