As we move into the end of the book of Genesis, we see how people are always trying to get what they want. Instead of trusting God's good plan, they strive, plan and finagle. Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit instead of trusting God to define Good and Evil. Cain murders his brother instead of trusting God and honoring him through faith. Noah tries to forget about the terrible flood by getting drunk and ends up shamed by his son. The people of Babel try to build a monument to themselves and end up scattered over the earth. Abraham and Sarah try to get an heir through Hagar and create a dysfunctional family drama. Rebecca and Jacob try to manipulate Isaac into giving Jacob the family blessing and Jacob ends up having to run away to his uncle. Laban tries to get his oldest daughter married off and ends up with a daughter who spends her life trying to win her husband's approval. Jacob tries to give Joseph a place of honor by giving him a coat and Joseph ends up being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Judah tries to protect his youngest son from Tamar's "curse" and ends up unwittingly sleeping with his own daughter-in-law. Potiphar's wife tries to get Joseph to sleep with him and Joseph ends up in prison. The whole story is filled with failure and sin. Yet, somehow, through it all we see God at work using the evil that people do to bring about his good purposes. The story of Genesis is an illustration of Romans 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." To me, that is encouraging because no matter how much I mess up, I know that God is not limited by my failures but is able to use even those to bring about his good purpose for those of us who love him. Even the murder of the Messiah ended up in the salvation of those of us, who through our sins, murdered him. What was your biggest takeaway from Genesis?
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