If God Is Not the Focus [Genesis 25]

21Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived.

In stark contrast to yesterday's reading that was so full of a God focus, today's reading barely mentions God. Except for Abraham's long and satisfying life, a result of a lifelong trusting of God, and Isaac's prayer in the verse above, there isn't much God focus to be found. What is present is Ishmael settling east of Egypt in defiance to his family and Esau and Jacob's struggle. Esau despised his birthright by not valuing it above a meal and Jacob despised his brother and took his birthright. The lesson is right there in the juxtaposition of Genesis 24 and 25. A focus on God makes all the difference in life.

We praise You God because You do make all the difference in our lives. Cause us to keep our focus on You today and in the days to come.

Beth Warlick, 2/5/2010