I’m listening through the Bible this year. At least, that’s one of my goals. It’s been a couple of years since I just read through the Bible, start to finish, and I like to do that occasionally because otherwise there are a lot of parts I skip. I’m not alone there, right?

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Anyway, I typically read the Bible, but right now I am purposely listening to it read to me. And I’m picking up on some little details that I don’t remember noticing before. I love how God’s Word tends to do that, but God’s been speaking grace into my life as I see the moments where the great people of the Bible stumbled just a little.

See if you can relate grace to your own life through these 5 small examples:

1. Noah was a late bloomer. Genesis 7:6 says, Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.

2. More people than just Gideon put out a fleece to be sure they were following God’s plan. Genesis 24:12-14: Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

3. Some did not know important things about their family. Although this is not said conclusively in Scripture, it seems that  Jacob did not necessarily know how to prepare his father’s favorite meal. Genesis 27 says Rebecca cooked the meal Jacob served to Isaac. Maybe he didn’t like to cook. Maybe he wasn’t a good cook. Maybe he could only cook one or two things. Who know? But I still found it interesting that Rebecca did the cooking.

4. Even important things can be forgotten. Genesis 41:1 says it took the cupbearer two full years to remember Joseph had interpreted his dream correctly and tell the Pharaoh.

5. Even hard-headed people change. It took him many years, but Judah went from:

Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” Genesis 37:26-27


“So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father,and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life, sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’

“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.” Genesis 44:30-34

Do any of these encourage you?

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