Now that we are on our last stretch of the summer months, I wanted to give you all an update. Those of you who frequent my site have noticed my rather sporadic posts and lack of Wallpapers. Those of you keeping up with the Table Talk in Genesis have also seen an abrupt stop. Both were somewhat intentional.
If you are like most of my readers, you found The Valley of Vision wallpaper series encouraging and insightful. But the truth is, you wish you could bring the electronic designs into the real world. I share your desire and so do many others who have already requested the designs in print form. I hear you. I agree. I have an opportunity for us to see how well this do.
I’ve created an online survey for you to complete and share with friends, especially those who enjoy The Valley of Vision. Let’s see how many are interested in owning these designs in various formats like calendars, posters, and more. If we score high enough, I’ll create the most wanted resources and make them available before Christmas.
Help keep yourself in the prayerful state-of-mind (as well as your friends and family) with these wallpaper designs based on The Valley of Vision. They are free to download for your personal computer, tablet, and smartphone. And, they can be a useful tool for you to be reminded of your need for Jesus.
“Enoch walked with God” (Genesis 5:1-32).
Imagine yourself being lifted from the story and propelled through a time warp, where the history of the world is rapidly portrayed in front of you. You see people live and die and their children do the same. This is what we find here in Genesis, a leap forward in time that connects the story we know to the story we are yet to encounter. “This is the book of the generations of Adam.”
“At that time people began to call up the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:17-26).
Cain, restlessly wandering far away from the Lord, continued to spiral downward in sin. So did his offspring. He married, bore a son, and built a city in his own honor. “He called the name of the city after the name of his son,” who was his firstborn.
Cain’s coldness toward God increased. His children, and their children, followed in his ways. Lamech, his great grandson, “took two wives,” unashamedly ignoring God’s design for marriage. But this was not his worst. He killed a young man in vengeance and bragged about it to his wives. “If Cain’s revenge is sevenfold, then Lamech’s is seventy-sevenfold,” suggesting that Lamech was more fierce than the Lord Himself.
In the “Evening Prayer,” a prayer from the The Valley of Vision, we are reminded to turn to God with our cares, particularly those of the day’s struggles and sins. “Keep my humble, dependent, supremely joyful,” says the writer. Our days are full of decisions and thoughts that we dare not take to our sleep. We need God’s faithful forgiveness and continual cleansing. Let this design remind you to seek the Lord for ongoing sanctification.
Leave it to my four-year-old to find humor in the tragedy of Adam’s fall. “Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked” (Gen. 3:7). She chuckled, then burst into laughter.
Our talk became very somber when we read “the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21). So much happened in this verse. So much packed into a brief set of words. God made clothes. He made them to cover shame. He made them from the innocent animals He created. There was nothing to laugh about here. Shame. Death. Clothing.
We might otherwise gloss over this verse in our reading, but to do so would mean missing a critical and forceful symbol—a teaching lesson from God. Bible teacher, Arthur Pink, suggests that “this is the first gospel sermon preached on this earth, preached not by word but by symbol.” Practically speaking, God introduced to the first couple His design for redemption: justice satisfied and mercy given. Here are four lessons taught on that day.
“And the Lord put a mark on Cain, lest any who found him should attack him” (Genesis 4:13-16).
Cain’s sin at the place of worship turned into hatred. His hatred in the field of labor turned into death. His progressive downfall was not unlike that of his parents. He doubted God’s word and rejected God’s design for worship. This led to an upsetting reversal of birthrights, an uprising of hatred, and an unnerving murder.
Like his parents, what began with a seemingly small desire ended in death and eventually banishment. Cain was thrown out of the land by God and sentenced to wander the earth as a hungry, homeless man. But, God was still merciful.
Jesus is not just Savior. He is also Lord. He relieves us our guilt for trespasses, but He also slays that trespasses that remain in us. In “The Grace of the Cross,” a prayer from The Valley of Vision, we are reminded of our need for God’s grace that flows from the triumphant death on the cross. Let this spur you onto personal prayer, that God would continue to crucify remaining sin in your life.
“You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth” (Genesis 4:11-12).
In the beginning, God reached into the ground and brought out Adam. Then, He placed Adam into a garden to work the ground. But sin made a mess of God’s design, and the ground was never the same. Adam sinned, so God cursed the ground. Adam had a son who shamefully brought to God an offering of the ground. His offering was rejected, so he spilled his brother’s blood on the ground. Now, leaning into Cain, the holy God he sinned against declared, “Now you are cursed from the ground.”