Day 6: Genesis 16-17; Matthew 5

You are the God who sees me…” “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

Genesis 16:13

Did you know you that you are seen by God? Did you know He hears you?.. Watches over you? I love the simplicity and yet the power in this verse. Being known and being seen is something we human beings desire on the daily. We long for others to notice us, and we become disheartened when we find ourselves being overlooked. The words in the verse above was said by a mistress, a slave. If God can reach out to the pain of a slave, than He most certainly can reach out to you in however you’re feeling today.

Today’s chapters in the old testament finish with the second part of establishing the Abrahamic covenant… which mind you came 22 years after the first part!! Abram now gets the title as “the father of many nations!” Yet again, he is blessed, even after he slept with a mistress!! What?! God can even show mercy towards a situation such as that… you bet.

I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers… I will make him into a great nation.”

Genesis 17:20

God even chooses to bless the child that came out of the relationship between Abram and his mistress.

As we start reading in chapter 5 of Matthew, we see right away The Beatitudes, which relate to the blessings God promises us because of the presence and act of Jesus. I think both chapters in the old and new testament go hand-in-hand here… a story of mercy and blessings.

Jesus then goes on to teach about murder, adultery, divorce, etc. In verse 28 He explains that if a man even looks at another woman lustfully, adultery has already been committed. It goes to show you that sinning is in our nature and it’s so easy for us to do. Abram committed adultery with his wife, yet God still chose to make him the father of nations. It’s not to say that it is okay to sin because you’ll be blessed anyway… but that no one is far from sin. We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. We’re all imperfect and no one should think more highly of themselves than another.

Yet at the same time, no one is too far from GRACE. No one is too far off from receiving a blessing from The Lord, no matter how undeserving they think themselves to be. Find rest in that today! Blessings and love.

Up next –> Genesis 18-19; Matthew 6

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