In “The Figure in the Carpet,” a story by Henry James, the narrator seeks to discover the secret meaning hidden in all the works of his favorite author. His quest ends in failure. The figure in the carpet remains elusive, ultimately unknowable.
The book of Genesis introduces us to life stories of ordinary people. Their stories, like a design of a Persian carpet, all reveal a pattern that gives their lives extraordinary meaning. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph heard God’s call on their lives and followed Him. As we study Genesis with Today in the Word this month, we’ll watch the beginning of many things, the grand themes of history—creation, sin, civilization, the covenant, the birth of nations, and Israel—play out in their lives. We’ll see how the Author of all life changes the lives of individual people. Thankfully God does not hide away, invisible and unknowable. He reveals Himself through the threads of each chapter and verse of His Word.
Our prayer this month is that this study would help us hear God more clearly and would show us His workmanship in the intricate pattern of our life stories. May we proclaim the mystery of the gospel, hidden in ages past, and fully revealed in Christ. May we follow Him with persistence and love Him with abandon.