First Chronicles begins with a series of genealogies (1-9), and according to 2 Timothy 3:16, “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable,” including the genealogies. Behind each name is a story that is connected to God’s story.

Another powerful lesson we learn from the Bible’s genealogies is this: Don’t let anybody cancel your history! Canceling yesterday is no way to embrace today or tomorrow. Erasing your past, even the painful parts of it, is like tearing chapters out of a novel and expecting the story to have the same impact.

Every twist and turn in your life and in the history of a nation matters. The past is important to an understanding of the present and to the way one travels into the future.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG