Facing the Generational Curse
When the men of that place asked Isaac about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.” Genesis 26:17
This is not a pretty moment for Isaac. As we heard in the message yesterday, Isaac cares more for his own safety than for his wife, but he comes by that disposition naturally. His father, Abraham, did the exact same thing... twice! (see Genesis 12:10-16 and also Genesis 20:1-2). Isaac treated his wife just as poorly as his dad treated his mom.
Whether you use the religious word 'sin' or the psychological word 'dysfunction' or the common word 'brokenness,' the issues are the same: we inherit a lot of bad stuff from our families. So take some time and see if you can you draw some connections between some of your poor choices to similar bad patterns in your family. As you ponder these things, hold them before the Lord.
In the devotions this week we'll be looking at other scriptures that will help us know what to do with those 'generational curses' that have been passed down to us.