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Promise Fulfilled @ A Distance

February 17, 2020

The Patriarchs ~ Week 10

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1. Row Your Own Boat

As an educator, I came upon a phrase while visiting an elementary school. The phase was being stated to a group of elementary students by the teacher to re-focus their attention on the work at hand. I still remember walking into the classroom and hearing the teacher state "row your own boat children". Within a few minutes, the students were all re-focused on the task at hand and the teacher began her lesson where she incorporated the importance of the phrase "row your own boat". Over 20 years has passed since that classroom experience and I have used this phrase with students, my children and myself!

Have you ever found yourself focusing on what someone else was doing or getting? As you ponder the question, here's a quick side note: {I thought about titling this section - "rubberneckers beware"! The term commonly used when you find yourself sitting in traffic only to realize that the traffic issue has actually cleared up. According to Wikipedia, rubbernecking is the act of staring at something of interest. ...

  • Rubberneck has been described as a human trait that is associated with morbid curiosity. It can be the cause of traffic jams (sometimes referred to as "gapers' blocks" or "gapers' delay"), as drivers slow down to see what happened in a crash.

Okay, back to the question...

Have you ever found yourself focusing on what someone else was doing or getting?
Have you ever said that's not fair?

While life can present many distractions, our last week in the Patriarchs makes the following statement crystal clear...

Same God, same line, different plan

(B. Moore, The Patriarchs~ Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, 2005)

Over the course of our study, we have taken a deep dive into the lives of Abraham, Issac, Jacob and even Joseph (our 4th Patriarch!) What began in Genesis Chapter 12 as a call to GO, filled with promises that required a leap of faith, continued with Abraham's son Issac and then his grandson Jacob. As we have journeyed (Genesis 12-50), we see the promise fulfilled from generation to generation, differently, but fulfilled nonetheless. Two prime examples are listed below.

Take a look at Genesis 26:2,

The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.

While in Genesis 46:2 God speaks to Israel (Jacob) in a vision that tells him to go and to not be afraid. Here's the verse:

And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
“I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

Moreover, the same promise found in Genesis 12:2 to Abraham was also given in Genesis 46:2 to Jacob (Israel):

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing

Dear princesses, are you seeing the connections?

Same God, same line, different plan

2. Our Sovereign God

Beth reminds us in this last session of the following:

"God reserves the sovereign right to direct on of His children on a path He may have forbidden for another". (B. Moore, The Patriarchs~ Encountering the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, 2005)

I'd add that in His sovereignty, He's still God. God's promises are both faithful and timeless. They can be fulfilled now or at a distance from generation to generation. Trust Him. After all, what God has for you, will be for you. No need to jump into some else's boat, as children of the Almighty, your course has already been set. So, fix your focus and don't be afraid. Walk fearlessly and take Him at His Word. After all, He's God and it's already done.


Oh, princesses of faith...remember 

Prayerempowers and ‘charges up’ every other piece so they can be used effectively against the enemy.  Without prayer…  your armor, cannot, will not, be infused with the power that only God’s-Spirit can give."

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