The stories of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob hold truths for our lives today. Abraham was the beginning, the foundation, and the starting point of faith in his family. He was known for the altars he would build to give sacrifices and to pray. God would speak to him there. Isaac was the promised son that Abraham had been waiting for. Isaac was the recipient of the inheritance, but at some point, just like you and me, he had to make the faith of his father his own. He had to believe it for himself. Jacob is two generations removed from Abraham and needed even more than his father Isaac. He heard the stories and even believed, but it didn’t affect his character—only an encounter with the living God could change that, and that’s exactly what happened. We all need an Abraham altar of prayer, an Isaac well of the old living water, and a Jacob encounter.

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