This is Part 4 of the Confessions of a Pastor series.
I confess that I preach from Genesis more than I probably should. There isn’t any book like Genesis. It speaks to every aspect of my life and on many different levels. As a pastor, this book is paramount to perfecting my perspective.
The first chapter is my favorite. The creation story can be viewed from so many angles, each bringing out a new facet and application. For instance, the fact that there were plants growing before the sun was shining is a powerful truth in and of itself. We know that flora and fauna require the rays of the Sun to grow. Yet God proved to us doubters that conditions do not matter to Him. He can produce growth even without the Sun. This same God can surely bring revival in our church – even if the conditions say otherwise. This gives me great courage.
No talk of Genesis would be complete without mentioning Noah’s ark. Noah had to keep representatives of every animal alive in his ship for one year and seventeen days. Ultimately, these animals would repopulate the new earth God was creating; however, for a season, his job was to just keep them alive. Sometimes God takes churches through seasons where the pastor’s job is to just keep the people who are already in the ship healthy. Soon the season will shift, the cover will be taken off, and multiplication and reproduction will explode. Until then, just keep them alive. Seasons of maintenance aren’t glamorous, but they do produce plenty of spiritual growth in the pastor’s life.
Sarah’s life is really a riddle without rhyme or reason. She is the wife who is supposed to get pregnant with a miracle child. But she is ninety years old before she gets pregnant. Can’t you laugh with Sarah? She laughed when she overheard God tell her husband that she, at ninety years of age, would have a son. When you catch a vision, and laugh at its audacity, you know it’s of God. I hope your vision produces that kind of laughter.
I am amazed at the authority with which Isaac spoke. Isaac thought he was blessing Esau, but Jacob had deceived him. He spoke the blessing over the wrong son. When Esau asked for the blessing, Isaac told him that he had already blessed Jacob, and Jacob would be blessed. Even though Isaac wished he could take it back, he had spoken blessing, and the blessing would come to pass. What authority. What an understanding of the power of his own words. I speak…and it happens! What happens when you speak?
I could probably rattle on and on – like the bones of Joseph.
The problem with this unbalanced love for Genesis is that there are sixty-five other books in the bible which need attention. Therefore, a steady diet of Genesis will potentially leave my church malnourished. I know that. To remedy this I sometimes take my text out of another book in the bible which is referring to Genesis. That way I am creating some balance in the bread I offer. I’m pretty much kidding.
Anybody else want to confess? What book are you addicted to?