This passage contains the genealogy of Jesus: tracing Jesus’ heritage through the sons and fathers that came before him. I can imagine the value of knowing the family that you have come from, and it giving you a sense of who you are. It reminds me that I belong to God’s family, and I can be encouraged by the men and women of faith who have gone before me. Abraham, David, Esther, Ruth, Peter, Paul and the Marys that served Jesus…. I belong to the same family. I can be encouraged by their stories and how God used them, and I can learn from their triumphs and weaknesses. Sometimes I feel isolated in my walk, or at times grow weary in the battle, but I am challenged as I read this that I too will leave a legacy. Will I be like Abraham, David and Esther, inspiring faith in God, a heart after God, and absolute trust in God?
Lord, please help me to remember the family of faith that I belong to. Help me to draw encouragement from the people that have gone before me, and to remember that I too will leave a story for those who come after me. Help me to live an inspiring story, as I put my trust in you. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh