2017 Day 17 – They Put the D in Dysfunctional

The last time I blogged my daily devos, I recall that I wrote once in a while about the Genesis accounts. I haven’t this year, but today, I just have to stop and say:

WHAT A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY – ABRAHAM AND HIS DESCENDANTS!

They lie. They cheat. They kill.

They pass their wives off as sisters and let others take them as wives.

In today’s reading, Israel’s son Reuben “lay” with his dad’s concubine (one of the four women – two wives- who bore Israel’s children). Really? That’s sort of gross.

This is the same family that God promises to give land, a “nation” of descendants, and a line of kings. This is the family that God promised would bless the whole earth.

Don’t you think God would choose a more upright family? A group of people who would make Him look good?

Abraham’s family makes sense of the phrase “there but for the grace of God go I.”

Wait a minute. Maybe the choice of this sinful pack IS grace. Maybe God loves to use broken people to accomplish His will…

Oh, yeah. Maybe God treats us the same way. Maybe He doesn’t pick perfect people. Maybe He works on us after He picks us to make us a bit more perfect. This verse sure fits:

… God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

Actually, though I am appalled at what a lot of God’s “chosen” people do in Genesis and beyond, I sort of like the narrative. When you go into a group of Christians that seems too perfect, too well-behaved, something seems off. God picks people who need Him, the rough-around-the-edges, in-need-of-a-savior-type sinners.

And He does clean us up after the fact. It’s not because we assume some holier-than-thou Christian facade (though some do), but because God puts His Spirit in us.

And it’s that Spirit that helps us who know Jesus operate with a little less dysfunction than Abe and his clan.

Thank God for his saving AND sanctifying graces!

Dear Lord: Thanks for saving me and cleaning me up. A bit. Please protect me from the myriad dysfunctional tendencies that have plagued mankind since the fall – and that roam around in me. Amen.

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