GENESIS 34, MARK 5, JOB 1, ROMANS 5

Genesis 34:1-31
This event reminds me of David's unwillingness to deal with Amnon's rape of Tamar, Absalom's sister. (2 Samuel 13)  The consequences of a father's unwillingness to respond to the abuse of his daughter led to her brothers taking justice into their own hands.  

Gracious and Good God, I pray for fathers.  What a responsibility You have given men.  You chose both Israel and David and blessed them with many children.  However, consequences of their inaction resulted in great tragedy for their families.  Father God, I pray for all fathers but uniquely those who read these words.  Please give us Your wisdom and the courage to faithfully carry it out in the rearing of our children.  Even now would You please be preparing our sons to be better fathers than we are.  May our efforts in rearing Godly children bring You much glory and much good for our families.

Mark 5:22-43
In both of these events in Jesus' life, if the woman and Jairus believed only what they saw in their physical realm neither would have experienced the miracle of God.  Faith was the issue in both these events.  Jesus tells the woman, "your faith has healed you," and Jairus, "don't be afraid; just believe."  Both believed Jesus was capable of healing and restoring.  Am I as willing to trust Jesus to heal those areas of my life that seem impossible as these two?  Both had to personally go to Jesus and "touch" Him for this miracle to occur.  Have I gone to Jesus with the expectation of healing and restoration?  Both were very specific in what they desired of Jesus.  Am I as specific in my "touch" of Him?

Lord Jesus, forgive me for waiting to come to You until a problem in my life seemingly becomes impossible.  I desire a moment by moment conversation as I live life with You.  Thank You for the gift of Your Spirit through which my life can be lived in constant touch with You.

Job 1:8
"And the LORD said to Satan, 'Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?'"   What a commendation!  That God Himself would declare Job blameless and upright.  But isn't that what I would desire God's evaluation of me to be?  

Thank You, Jesus, for our Father loves me as He does You because of what You have done to impute Your righteousness and blamelessness to me.

Romans 5:1-21
"More" seems to be a central idea in Romans 5 (Romans 5:9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 20).  Paul begins the chapter by describing what is true of those who are justified by faith.   They have peace with God, access to God's grace and unfailing hope.  Those three things listed in the first two verses would seem to be more than enough, but that is just the beginning.  Paul then begins to explain the "much more."  This "much more" includes: saved from the wrath of God, saved by Jesus' life, a reconciliation worthy of rejoicing over, and the abundant, abounding grace of God.

What a great and gracious God!  Thank You, Jesus, for being the God of much more.

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