Wednesday, December 6 – Genesis 38:13-15
And Tamar was told, “Behold, your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep.” So she removed her widow’s garments and covered herself with a veil, and wrapped herself, and sat in the gateway of Enaim, which is on the road to Timnah; for she saw that Shelah had grown up, and she had not been given to him as a wife. When Judah saw her, he assumed she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face.
When was a time you wanted to hold someone to their word? Many of us value accountability in our relationships. But we know sometimes people don’t keep their word. They say one thing and do another. Judah had said that he would keep Tamar in his home to marry his son, but he had not kept that promise. Why was this so important? Because Judah was the one to carry the covenant of multiplication God had promised to Abraham, Isaac, and then Jacob (his father). To not be concerned with having a grandchild was more than a matter of keeping his word—he was going against the line God had been building in his family. He failed to take God’s purpose for his life seriously.
We often fall into a similar trap. We want to follow God where it benefits us, but we don’t want to center our lives on His purpose for us—we would rather determine it for ourselves. When we do this, we are not keeping our word as followers of Christ. First Peter 2:9-10 speaks to our purpose as followers of Christ and says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” May we be people that live according to God’s purpose for us. May we take God’s purpose for our lives seriously and live as people transformed, ready to share His mercy and goodness to everyone around us.
- What is difficult about living according to God’s purpose instead of your own?
- What would it look like for you to live according to God’s purpose for your life? What would change? What would be the same?
- Pray and ask God to transform your heart to be like His, ready and willing for His purpose to be accomplished in you.