As we continue reading through the Old Testament, Abraham’s family is growing! God had promised to make him into a great nation (Genesis 12), but Abraham was 100 years old when the very first person was born from that promise — his son Isaac (Genesis 21).
A Wife for Isaac
God miraculously answered the prayers of a servant sent to Abraham’s homeland to get a wife for Isaac. He found a woman with a servant’s heart, and discovered that she was from Abraham’s people. God brought Rebekah to the well at just the right time in answer to the servant’s petition. If you missed this amazing story of answered prayer, check it out in Genesis 24.
Some verses to hold onto:
The Lord longs to be gracious to you… Blessed are all who wait for Him! – Isaiah 30:18
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. – Isaiah 26:3
I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. – Psalm 34:4
The Family Grows
Isaac and Rebekah had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Though Jacob was younger, God chose to continue building the great nation promised to Abraham through him. Jacob had twelve sons, who became heads of the twelve tribes of Israel.
One of those twelve sons was Joseph, son of Jacob and Rachel and Jacob’s favored son. The others grew jealous and sold him as a slave in an epic old testament story, found in Genesis 37-50. Joseph was enslaved, wrongly accused, imprisoned, and ultimately raised to second in command in all of Egypt. Years later when he encountered his brothers again, they feared for their lives because of what they had done to him. His response was awe-inspiring: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives (Genesis 50:20).” Joseph looked at the long-range picture. Instead of holding a grudge and digging his own pit with unforgiveness, he saw God’s hand in all that had happened.
“The experiences in Joseph’s life taught him that God brings good from evil for those who trust him. Do you trust God enough to wait patiently for him to bring good out of bad situations? You can trust him because, as Joseph learned, God can overrule people’s evil intentions to bring about his intended results.” – Life Application Bible, p. 93.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28