Back to the Beginning: Genesis 16:1-17:14

Today’s verses: Genesis 16:1-17:14
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“My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant.” –The Lord
Genesis 17:13
What an amazing picture of grace. God placing His covenant — His promise for relationship — in the flesh of broken unfaithful man.
Abram listened to the voice of Sarai rather than God. Sarai in her impatience and doubt came up with a plan to hurry God’s promise along. Abram the father of our faith chose to trust his wife’s way rather than wait on God.
Hagar, a servant, became pregnant. Then she became proud. Despised the one who made the way for her to be honored with carrying the master’s baby. Sarai became jealous. What she set up, planned, conceived in her own understanding, came back to bite her. (Can anyone relate?)
Abram avoided responsibility, She’s not my maid, she’s yours. Do what you will. Never mind she was carrying his child! So Sarai followed her husband’s advice, because getting the upper hand sounded pretty good to her about now. 
Hagar ran away when Sarai began to mistreat her. She ran from the order of the day. Illegally leaving her mistress. Leaving the only ones who would care for her and her child. 
And in all this fleshly unfaithfulness we see God… who sees us… knows us… reaches down and makes a way for blessing!
His new covenant is literally in every Believer’s flesh. Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, we receive the promise of eternal life and the blessing of the Holy Spirit who is with us each and every moment of every day.
How faithful are you in your flesh to Him? Do you continue to count on His faithfulness? even when you fail?
As you go about your day today, consider His faithfulness in trusting you to keep His covenant of relationship. Be mindful of being a witness for His great grace. Trust Him, wait on Him, obey Him, rather than leaning on your own understanding. He is worthy of our trust!
For to set the mind on the flesh is death,
but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 8:6 ESV
Father God, what amazing grace Your love pours forth.
Open my heart to be faithful to You alone.
May I be worthy of Your trust in me.
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