Today’s Reading | Matthew 1
How many women are mentioned in the genealogy of Christ? Circle them in your Bible. In what way are these women different from each other? Why do you think, in the genealogy of Christ recorded here in Matthew, that God mentions these particular women? It seems obvious that God is trying to specifically identify these women. If you examine Scripture, you find that they are all so very different. Maybe from their examples God is trying to show that He chooses to use all kinds of people. You may identify with: Tamar – a victim of lies and disappointment, Rahab – a background of sexual sin, Ruth – a different culture and background than those you are around, Bathsheba – a victim of violation and pain, Mary – an example of purity and quiet spirit. Whatever your background, God will use you. God loves you and wants to use you no matter who you are. In what way have you allowed Satan to convince you that God cannot use you? Concentrate today on God’s ability to transform, rather than focucsing on your limitations. Allow the examples of these women to encourage your heart.
What do you or others see as things that limit your ability to be used by God?
How might God want to use those limitations?
What would it take for you to be convinced He could transform them?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?