Genesis 10, 11, 12; Matthew 4

As I am reading Genesis 10, I am getting lost in the list of names and find myself not really soaking in what I am reading. It makes me reflect on how I can often feel like another name in the crowd, or just another on the list of Amy’s that I know. But, I realize I skipped over something really important in Genesis 10:1.

“ Many children were born to them after the great flood.” Gen 10:1 NLT

This makes me think about how often I forget God’s faithfulness in my life & what He has done in the past. What He has brought me through and how He has provided. Like He did for Noah and his family. And his many descendants…than I see Nimrod’s name.

“…Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth. Since he was the greatest hunter in the world, his name became proverbial. People would say, “This man is like Nimrod, the greatest hunter in the world.” Genesis 10:8&9 NLT

It makes me stop & think. “What do I want to be known for?” My failures? My mistakes? My anxiety? No.

There is a song I have been hearing on the radio that has been replaying in my mind. The chorus is so simple, but pretty much sums it up. “I hope you see Jesus”

“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has been shined.” Matthew 4:16

I know what it is like to sit in the darkness of my mind. And to be paralyzed by fearful thoughts. God is telling me to remember that He is my light throughout every moment of the day & this year. That He will shine His light to renew my mind & my thoughts. So that my life can shine for His glory.

Jesus, I pray that I would let your love, your light & your word shine into my life in those times when my mind is preoccupied with stress or filled with anxiety. I pray that I would remember your faithfulness in the past & your promises like Noah did. I want to be a brave, strong warrior for you. So that you, Jesus will be reflected in my life.

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Filed under 66 Books, Genesis, Matthew, New Testament, Old Testament

2 responses to “Genesis 10, 11, 12; Matthew 4

  1. Amy, I love your question, “What do I want to be known for?” great thoughts here. So glad to have you with us this year.

    Courtney

  2. I so much relate to what you are saying about experiencing the darkness within and then being washed in light. Jesus is the light. I sometimes catch myself saying that I’m hanging on by a thread, but that is a faithless comment from someone who knows that if I would just let go my Lord is waiting to envelope me in His Spirit of truth and grace. I want to be known for trusting Him even in the darkest times.

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