Several days ago I introduced you to Nicole Vaughn, author of the Devotions from the Torah series. Today you will have an opportunity to win one of three PDF copies of the first book in the series, Devotions from Genesis, it’s Not Just Ancient History.
I’m sure some of you read about it in this article, Devotions from Genesis and a $160 giveaway, and probably even entered the drawing. In it I said how interesting it was to look at some very familiar verses from Genesis and dig into them to find richer meaning.
You will find that Nicole helps you to see more than you ever thought possible through her careful investigation of Genesis.
She breaks it down into three sections:
Section 1: Genesis 1–11:
Discovering the Character of God and Man through the Creation, the Fall, and the Flood
Section 2: Genesis 12–36:
Discovering Faith and Obedience through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
Section 3: Genesis 37–50:
Discovering the Comings of Christ and Trust in the Midst of Trial through the Life of Joseph
I was really blessed by her chapters on discovering the character of God. Discovering that the Trinity is mentioned in the first few words of Genesis was amazing. I found myself highlighting so many of her quotable sentences, like:
“Blessed in Hebrew is barak. It means to praise, to salute, to adore. Have you ever considered the thought that God looked over his creation, which included man, which includes you, and he adored it?”
“God created earth for man. God designed it to be able to sustain our life. He created every provision we would need for life before he ever fashioned Adam from the earth. He is a God of order and detail. God forms, and then God fills.”
I found my faith growing as she discussed Abram in the second section.
“God appointed Abram to go. Abram went, even though he stumbled along the way. We too stumble along the way. Sometimes we feel as though we will never catch our balance or walk on steady feet, but this I know: just as he never forsook Abram, he will never forsake us. God never took back his promise; Abram’s mistakes did not ever negate God’s Word. God could have simply ended his life and started over with someone else, but our God finishes what he starts.”
And her studies of the life of Joseph are a rich treasure of thoughts that will help you stand in times of trial and difficulty.
“What we learn from these chapters about the life of Joseph is that obedience to God sometimes brings hatred from others. God’s favor on our lives sometimes brings jealousy from those who are not seeking or striving toward obedience to God and his Word. Joseph will go through a lot in the next thirteen chapters of Genesis, yet through it all, he holds fast to God. Might we learn from the life of Joseph how to handle the things in life that we just don’t understand.”
I hope these quotes from Devotions from Genesis will whet your appetite for more of Nicole’s writing.
I am excited to help Nicole celebrate the release of the first 2 books in this series — Devotions from Genesis and Devotions from Exodus Part One
I have not read Devotions from Exodus Part One, Learning to Live in Freedom but I would expect the same careful treatment of Exodus as Nichole gave to her writings about Genesis. I can’t wait to read about learning to live in freedom!
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