Daily Devotional Bible Verse

And the Lord said to her,
“Two nations are in your womb,
and two peoples from within you shall be divided;
the one shall be stronger than the other,
the older shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23 ESV)

God is talking to Rebekah here. The two nations he is talking about are Esau and Jacob. Let’s focus on the word “nations” in this verse. Why would God use “nations” instead of children? It is because they grew up and had a large families and basically started two different “nations” as he said.

Should we think of our children or those we are discipling as future nations? Sometimes we focus on the here and now, or maybe even 10-15 years down the line, but we should think bigger. Our children will have children, and they will have children, and will create little nations within a larger nation.

The way we raise our children or teach those we are discipling could have an impact on a future nation. What you pour into someone’s life now might not be seen in your lifetime, but future “nations” will be thankful for it. Don’t get discouraged if there isn’t much progress in the here and now, think about the future.

Have you been too nearsighted lately?