DAY TWENTY SEVEN - BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE CREATION
“I will be with you and I will bless you”
Genesis 26: 3
Reading: Genesis 3: 8; Genesis 12: 1-3
Significantly, at the beginning of the world, which was “wrapped in divine blessing,” God came to walk with his people (Genesis 3:8). The godly are often described as “walking with God” (Genesis 5:22, 24; Genesis 6:9). We see this pattern being repeated through the Biblical text.
God spoke to Abraham and promised His personal guidance on the journey “to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). Additional confirmations to Abraham of God’s enduring relationship with him came later, including the command for Abraham to walk before God (in his presence!) and the covenant that the Lord would “be God to you and to your offspring after you” (17:1, 7–8; cf. 22:2; 24:40; 48:15). In the lives of Abraham’s descendants, this blessing presence continued. Twice, God said to Isaac, “I will be with you and will bless you” (Genesis 26:3, 24). The Lord expressed the Abrahamic blessing to Jacob in this way: “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you” (Genesis 28:15). Over and over, the Lord proclaims to the reader of Genesis that blessing is preeminently about a right relationship with him. That is not simply a part of the blessing; it is the very core.
Blessing certainly has a broader meaning than “relationship with God” but blessing does not have a meaning outside of relationship with God. Whatever else it implies (fertility, life, riches), relationship with God is always the pivotal point of blessing.
Thank you for blessing me God. Bless me more and more, O Lord, let me live, walk and have my being with You.
For the family
Explain that blessing boils down to being in good relationship with God and being able to ask Him for anything you need.
Ask your children if they have given their lives to God, through Jesus. Tell them that this is the first step to being blessed. If they have, discuss any needs or desires they have and together, bring them before God, asking for His blessing.