This Is The Story

This Is The Story

04 January 2012

Reading: Genesis 9-11: Luke 4


This is the story of Terah. Terah had Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran had Lot. (Genesis 11:27 The Message)

In the first eleven chapters of Genesis we’ve been racing through thousands of years of history – creation of the earth, creation of man, the spread of humanity through the Fertile Crescent (with a major speed bump called The Flood) and then accelerating again as Noah’s three sons re-populated the earth and increased the spread of humanity.

Then we come to Genesis 11:27, “This is the story of Terah, father of Abram.” At this point the emphasis shifts from the spread of humanity and focuses on one man’s family and story. In fact, you could say that the rest of the Old Testament, even the rest of the Bible follows the story of Abram (Abraham) and his family.

This short verse reminded me that God never loses the “micro” in the “macro.” We live on a planet whose population is now over six billion people, and God is still interested in and able to give full attention to one person’s story!

God knows my story. God knows your story. Even when it seems as if no one else knows or cares about your story, even when things are fast-paced and excessively complicated, God is interested in your story.

When no one else has time to listen or seems to care, you can tell God your story and he will give you his full and undivided attention. Quiet your mind and heart, and say, “Father, I’d like to tell you my story. Do you have a few moments to listen?”


Father, Thanks for being interested in my story. Thanks for listening. I pray for each person who reads GraceNotes today who feels left out, unimportant, or not listened to. I pray that you will speak to us gently but firmly and say, “Tell me your story. I’ve got plenty of time and all eternity to give you my full attention. Tell me your story.” In Jesus’ Name.

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