Genesis 28, Matthew 27, Esther 4, Acts 27

Genesis 28:1-17

"God Almighty bless you".  Isaac blesses Jacob by referring to God with the same name God used when He reaffirmed His covenant with Abraham in Genesis 17:1.  In Genesis 17:19, God Almighty named Isaac and promised to establish His covenant with him and his offspring.  Isaac is now passing that blessing and covenant promise on to Jacob.  After Jacob received the blessing of Isaac, the LORD appeared to him and referred to Himself as the God of his father and grandfather.  The LORD reaffirmed the covenant promise and added "I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you".  Can you imagine God saying that to you?  He has made similar promises to those who are in Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). 

Matthew 27:13-14

Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge, to the great amazement of Pilate.  1 Peter 2:3 says, "When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly ".

Oh Father, may I have that much trust in You.  Whatever the situation, I desire to entrust myself to the One who knows all things, and whose judgments are just and true.

Esther 4:13-16

Mordecai had great faith in God to deliver the Jews either through the actions of Esther or from somewhere else.  His question in verse 14, is a great incentive and motivation for believers.  Whenever a difficult situation arises, we should remind ourselves our Sovereign Lord has brought us to this place for a purpose.  How will I respond?  I pray I have the courage of Esther to boldly seek what is right.

Acts 27:25

What a statement of faith!  Paul's experience with and trust in God was so secure, he could tell others to "Take heart, for I have faith in God and it will be exactly as I have been told. "

Almighty God and Father, I desire the same kind of faith Paul had.  Yet, I must confess the many difficult trials Paul suffered to acquire such faith causes me to falter.  I trust You though.  Whatever plans and purposes You have for me, I take courage in You.  Just as You promised Jacob not to leave him until You had done everything promised, I believe You will do the same for me. 

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