Today I read:
- Genesis 14
- Psalm 18:1-24
- James 1
- Matthew 12
My meditation was:
- How do these different passages complement, add to, enlighten, or even confuse each other?
A common theme that emerged right away was that of rescue.
- Abram rescues Lot from foreign captivity.
- The Psalm selection could be Lot’s prayer during his capture, as well as a description of his rescue by God via Abram.
- James encourages his reader to see the joy in trials of all kinds, because our endurance grows during such times, and it is having this endurance that defines maturity. It is one of the tools the Lord uses to rescue us from our sin — we simply get better at resisting it!
- Jesus heals many, rescuing them from their bondage. He goes on to warn his listeners to remain free from further (and worse) slavery to sin by rightly acknowledging and responding to God’s work in the world through his Holy Spirit.
Another lesser theme is that of family.
- In Genesis, Lot is rescued by his uncle, Abram. Abram proves himself truly family to Lot through his heroic actions and efforts on his behalf.
- In Matthew, Jesus instructs his disciples that any who do the will of his Father are his true family. Loving obedience is thicker than blood!