God’s Plan Revealed

Genesis 15


15:1 … the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”

15:6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

15:13 Then the Lord said to Abram, "Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.


After Abram’s call from God to become the father of a great nation, God reassures Abram that He is with him. God reminds him that his reward will be great. God shows Abram just how numerous his offspring will become, when just before Abram was wondering when he might have a son.

There is a nugget of truth that we get after this encounter.

“And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”

Abram trusting and believing in what God said made him righteous. Placing his faith in the one true God.

Then things take a turn; scripture says:

“And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him.”

The Lord speaks to Abram and says something about this offspring that is promised to him that is disheartening. Not only will they be strangers in a land that does not belong to them they will be servants and will be afflicted for four hundred years.

God’s plan is revealed, but it is difficult news to hear. Even in this difficulty God demonstrates that it will work out. From our of this affliction several of things will happen.

  1. Judgment on a nation that they serve.
  2. They will come out with great possessions
  3. They will return to this promised land.
  4. The Amorites will be dealt with.

God’s purpose and will shall be accomplished even when it takes a long time. Even in the ungodly nations, God is at work and accomplishing His will.


God makes promises and He will see them to completion. There are times when what He is doing does not make sense to the human mind, even the believer. Sometimes difficulty and affliction are a part of His plan because of the world that we live in. Even in times of difficulty God is at work and we must place our faith in Him and believe that He is working for His good even though it might happen after our lifetime.

Thinking about the state of our nation and the time that we are in with presidency change coming. We can have faith that God is in control. Even when it might not be the direction that we would want. To be honest we all would prefer comfort and ease of life. But it could be that God will allow a president that a majority of believers do not agree with to accomplish some greater purpose in this nation and the world. True rest and comfort will come when we are in His presence. If the world goes according to scripture there is a good chance that the United States is headed for a time of affliction sooner or later.


Give me the same faith as Abram had in your plan


His Control His Call

Genesis 11–12


11:4 “Come let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and lest us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

11:6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.”

12:1–3 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and you kindred an your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make you name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”


God saw the pride and self glorifying nature of humans as they sought to build the tower. What is interesting is the method in which they built the tower. They were using a mortar that would “water proof” the tower. I am sure that the people were aware of the flood, but as with human nature they forgot God and His promises. They sought power and thought they could not only build this great city and tower for demonstration of greatness, but also the ability to avoid God’s punishment. Seeing that what they were doing was not good for the human race, He sought to take control and do what was best for the world.

In the very next chapter (12) we see God zero in on a man named Abram upon who He would bless the world with descendants and begin to rule over a people as Lord. He wanted Abram to leave all that he knew to go into this land that God was setting for Abram’s descendants. out of Abram we know that a great nation will be birthed.


What a shift from a self-centered people that only sought to honor themselves, to God calling out Abram to become a nation that was God’s chosen people. God knew that because of the nature of man that man would not be able to make it on their own. He knew that He would have to step in and lead a people to demonstrate to the world that God was the one in control.

Just as God took control on both these situations we can rest in knowing that God is the one who is in ultimate control. He knew when it was time to get involved with the people of Babel. He knew that Abram was the one who needed to be the father of the nation. God was not only in control, but we see Him step in and do what was best from the world at the right time. God’s plan was going to happen despite what man thought since man was focused on self.

We can rest in knowing that God has all things under His control. He knows the right people to place in leadership of nations. God works in a very personal way, but does it to accomplish His plans for the world. He is the same God now as He was then.


Despite ether chaos of the world rest in the One who is in absolute control.

Ultimate Authority

Job 40–42


42:2–3 “I know you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”


Found at the end of Job we see the conversation shift back to God and Job. Chapters 40 and 41 spend much time discussing unknown (to us), extremely large animals. Some have compared these descriptions with those that we know to be dinosaurs. It is interesting to read these 2 chapters with dinosaurs in mind. Especially since these words are words from God. The animals discussed could very well be what we think of as dinosaurs.

In God’s description of the Behemoth he says something in 40:19 that caught my eye.

“He is the first of the works of God; let him who made him bring near his sword!”

It is very clear that whatever this beast is , is powerful and very large, so large that only God himself can come near him dat take his life. If this is a “dinosaur” then it even fits with science that says dinosaurs existed first. The other interesting verse that comes from chapter 41 is verse 11.

Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.

In the middle of the description of the 2nd large animal we see God make this declaration. No one has ever given anything to God, it is his own doing. he establishes what we know from Genesis 1:1. Everything starts with God and no one else. Everything that exist under all of heaven is His. And then God continues in great detail, to describe the Leviathan. This is another extremely large and powerful beast that man could not even begin to challenge.

God on the other hand is the one who created and has the ability to give and take life. He alone is the one who is in control.

Spoken by Job we see in chapter 42, Job confesses what he has just heard from God. God can do all things and God’s purpose will be fulfilled. Job even confesses

that he has spoken words he did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.

Job acknowledges that he is not worthy and that he is only given what God provides.


Reading about what Job went through and hearing directly from god, it puts me in my proper place. God is the one who is all powerful and all knowing. He is the ultimate authority in all the world. meaning he is the one who is in absolute control of my life. His will and purpose is going to be the final say. I must submit my life to His authority. I am only able to know what god reveals and my understanding of this world must com from Him and Him alone.


My life is yours, I submit to your authority. Help me to surrender to you more and more as you mold me into the man that you want me to be. May my life bring glory and honor to your name. I desire nothing more than for your purpose to be accomplished in my life. I must decrease so you can increase. To your glory forever and ever.

God is God

Job 38–39


38:4–7 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements – surely you know! Or who stretched the one upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”

38:36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts of given understanding to the mind?


Both sets of these verses highlight the overall feel of chapters 38–39. It is clear that this encounter that Job has with God is that God wants to establish the one who is in total control of everything. God created and orchestrated everything that we see and know in the world. God is God and Job is not.


It becomes far to easy to question God when it comes to things in life, especially when things are not going well. Just as God reminds Job that He is the one who is in total control even in the smallest of details. God is God and I am not. He understand how all things work together. God gives wisdom and understanding it does not come from ourselves.


May I always understood that you alone are the one who provides, is in control and grants wisdom. I rest in know that you are God and I am not.



Job 1–2


1:7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.”

1:10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.


Job 1–2 give us a glimpse into the heavenly realm. We not only get to see how Satan works, but we see how God works. Not only does Satan report to God, but God knows all that Satan is doing. Knowing that his servant Job is faithful to the end. We see God, who is in total control, allow Satan access to Job. But God even places restrictions on what Satan can do.

Satan questions Job’s fear of God because of the hedge of protection that is placed around Job. What is awesome about this verse (10), we see that not only does God place protection around those who are faithful and believe. He also blesses their work. We are reminded that all blessings come from God and God alone.

  • God is in Absolute Control.
  • God Protects.
  • God Gives Blessings


Thinking about the world that we live in there are times when it is reassuring that no mater what happens God is in total control. Whether it be in the world or in an individuals life god is the one who allows things to happen. Satan can’t touch us without God allowing it. Even then God knows the reason and outcome. God protects and blesses those who walk with him. But as Job demonstrates, it means being faithful during good and difficulty.


May I become a man like Job who is upright and blameless. A Godly man that walks in your ways. I thank you for your control, protection, and blessings. May I always understand that I am only here on the earth because of you. You are the one who gives and takes away. may I always bless the name of the Lord.



Genesis 8–9


8:22 … the Lord said in his heart, "I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth…


God makes a promise with Noah and his offering to never flood the earth, but I also think it implies to never cause worldwide destruction just to wipe man from the earth. We know this promise to be true because it hasn’t happened since that time. The bow in the sky after a rain is a reminder for us.


When we look at the promises made throughout scripture we can see a pattern by God of not only making promises, but fulfilling promises. If God speaks about it in His Word, we can rest in knowing that God is trustworthy and faithful to follow through on what is promised.


Unlike the promises of man, you uphold every promise that you make. Thank you for not only making the promises to not destroy man again until the second coming of Christ, but giving us a second chance at life through your Son. Thank you for illustrations throughout Scripture that demonstrate just how trustworthy your promises are. Amen

Walked with God

Genesis 6–7


6:9 … Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

6:22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.


There was nothing but corruption all over the earth.

“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

It had gotten so bad that God regretted that he made and on earth, so much that it crushed his heart.

Fortunately there was one man who found favor in God’s eyes. Noah was described as being a righteous man and blameless. Even better than those two descriptions, it says Noah walked with God. Giving instructions to Noah, God explains what He is going to do. And He tells Noah how to save he and his family. Even though it might not have made much sense, Noah didn’t question, but had faith and was obedient.


Even though there was violence and corruption all around, Noah remained a man of God. He chose to be different. The world we live in is just as lost and messed up. There are temptations all around us just as Noah saw. We must remain faithful to God, trusting in him even when He might ask us to do something that doesn’t make sense. Just as God gives Noah instruction, He has given us instruction through His Word and Holy Spirit. We too must be obedient and live according to His Word and live according to the Spirit’s guidance.


May I be obedient and faithful to the end. Help me to always be looking for your work and guidance. I desire nothing but to be your servant in this world. My favorite description is highlighted in

6:9 Noah walked with God.

This is my hearts desire, to be known as a man who walks with God. Which ties in wonderfully with one of my favorite verses from Acts.

4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.


Fallen World

Genesis 3–4

H 3:6

so when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,…


And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God…


“If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”


We see where things take a turn for the worse. Eve allowed herself to be deceived by looking and dwelling on this tree that she was told to not take part in. It began with her looking and desiring it’s beauty. At that point she allowed herself to move from temptation to disobedience, our first look at sin. As a result their eyes were really opened to something they were not meant to see or know. Seeing something of great desire led to disobedience which then led to shame. They realized something was not right in the world and tried to hide from God.

God confronts Cain and gives him a warning about this thing called sin. Its “crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” Unfortunately Cain ignored God’s warning and allowed sin’s desire to rule in his heart resulting in the death of his brother.

Eyes → Desire → Deception → Disobedience → Sin →
Shame → A Corrupted World


You are still affected today by this very same cycle. We often see something of desire and convince ourselves that this is something we must have to satisfy that desire. That in itself is deceiving because when we give in, it often leads to disobedience or sin. (Which when you really think about it, at their core are the same thing.) We still think we can hide from God. We still run from Him. It clearly explains the world that we live in. There is great desire for so many different things in this world and we can allow ourselves to be convinced that we must obtain it for our pleasure or our own self worth.


Lord, help me to not be so easily deceived by the things that I think I need to satisfy me. May I be aware that sin is trying to rule in my heart, but I must be the one to rule over it. But I know that I need the power of the Holy Spirit to work in my life to give me the strength to resist the power of sin. Amen

In His Image

Genesis 1–2

H 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.


God, at the end of His creation story, does something tat He didn’t do with the rest of the creation. He makes something in His image. This is unique to the creation story. He took joy in all of creation, but this part was special. Man and woman were created to be His rulers over His creation. It was meant to be perfect in the beginning.


Humans are special to God. Being created in His image means that He had something special in store. Not just me, not just believers, but all people are made in His image. Therefore we should have the eyes of God when we see people and see them as God’s special creation.


Help me to see not just your creation, but help me to see people as the special part of your creation. As I meet and encounter people in my life may I see them as your creation, made in your image. Amen