To many of us are looking for pleasure without responsibility. This isn’t just a message for the young people in the world, but for the Christian life, so often we want all the blessings of God without any of the responsibility.

Today’s Reading: Genesis 37:1-38:30 (additional reading Psalm 16:1-11 and Proverbs 3:27-32)

Key Verse:  What he did was wicked in the Lord’s sight; so the Lord put him to death also. Genesis 38:10

Judah and Tamar are often overlooked, as their story is sandwiched in the middle of the very exciting story of Joseph’s life. This story is like a messed up reality TV show or soap opera, but to avoid this passage is to miss out on the fuller lessons the Bible has to teach us.

The story focuses around Judah, a coward running away from his problems, abandoning his brothers and fellow conspirators. He marries a Canaanite woman, breaking with the principles of marriage that began with his great-grandfather Abraham and has three children and his eldest son is married off to a woman called Tamar.

His eldest son was an evil person and so God kills him. His second son marries his brother’s widow as is in accordance with an ancient law.

This law was meant to protect the line of the deceased brother, as the text in chapter 38 explains. But we read his second son was selfish. He didn’t mind the pleasure of sex with Tamar but did not want the responsibility of fathering her children. And so God kills him too.

To many of us are looking for pleasure without responsibility. This isn’t just a message for the young people in the world, but for the Christian life, so often we want all the blessings of God without any of the responsibility.

It is unfortunate that many in the church are seeking God’s blessings in health, peace, love, relationship, joy and grace yet forget about all the responsibility that comes with being a child of God. As Children of God, we need to live differently.

Jerry Bridges wrote: “It might be well if we stopped using the terms “victory” and “defeat” to describe our progress in holiness. Rather we should use the terms “obedience” and “disobedience.” When I say I am defeated by some sin, I am unconsciously slipping out from under my responsibility. I am saying something outside of me has defeated me. But when I say I am disobedient, that places the responsibility for my sin squarely on me. We may, in fact, be defeated, but the reason we are defeated is because we have chosen to disobey.”

Let us be careful to remain faithful to God as He always remains faithful to us. Let’s not put any ambition or pleasure in front of keeping our faithfulness to God until death. Let’s keep serving Him, let us keep winner souls, living and loving as Jesus.

Reflection

  • Where do you seek pleasure without responsibility? In relationships, diet, finance or something else.
  • Have you been guilty of seeking the pleasures of being a child of God without the responsibility of living as His child? 

Prayer

Father, thank You that you are always faithful, even when we let You down so often. Father, help us to live as your children and live lives that bring glory to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

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