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10 Life Lessons Learned From the Book of Genesis

Timothy is a writer and artist who enjoys writing poetry, stories and articles. Timothy earned his BS in psychology from Albright College

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Genesis: The Book of Beginnings

The book of Genesis goes from the creation of world to the creation of the nation of Israel. The book is full of God communicating with His creation. In the beginning God talks to Adam. Further on in the book of Genesis, he talks to, among others, Abraham, Noah, and several others.

Throughout the book of Genesis God and imparts great wisdom to the people He calls. He also sprinkles in a lot of life lessons which have been passed down throughout the generations. In this article I have included 10 of those lessons. There are many more. All you need to do is read the book of Genesis on your own to gain awareness on living in this world.

1. Beware of people who are out for their own interests.

Be careful of slick talking people who can entice you to make the wrong decisions. In Genesis God told Adam and Eve they could “eat from any tree in the garden but not the tree in the middle of the garden.” Then comes along the serpent who entices Adam and Eve to do something they may have thought about doing in the first place.

The life lesson here is to beware of people in your life who offer you something which sounds to good to be true, because it probably is to good to be true. Think about what you’re doing before you act.

2. Jealousy can ruin your life.

Jealousy can take you down very quickly. In both the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) and later between Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 18-36) jealousy rears its ugly head. In life we can become jealous of people who seem to get more than we get. I have seen jealousy lead to murder.

The life lesson here is be careful of your jealousy because it can turn to anger and anger can turn to actions you will regret later.

3. Learn to listen to good advice.

Advice is something that is freely given, most of the time whether we want the advice or not. In Genesis 16:1-16, God promises Sarai and Abraham a child. Instead of listening to God or seeking advice from others they decided to have a child through Hagar. In hindsight it would have been better to seek advice.

The life lesson here is twofold. Instead of acting seek God’s advice or the advice of those qualified to give advice. Secondly, never act on your own.

4. Lying doesn't cover up anything.

Lying doesn't cover up problems it only creates new ones. Genesis 12:10 to 13:1 tells the story of how Abraham comes up with a lie to tell Pharaoh about his wife Sarai. The lie causes everyone a lot of problems.

The life lesson learned here is don"t lie it only leads to more problems and sometimes heartache.

5. Don't make promises you don't intend to keep.

The Book of Genesis is full of the promises of God given to various people. The good news is that every promise God makes He keeps.

The life lesson for us is this. Before you make a promise to someone, such as a family member or friend make sure in your heart you intend to keep the promise.

6. Don't ask for something unless you know what you're getting in return.

Genesis 29 tells the story of how Jacob asked Laban for Rachel's hand in marriage. Laban agrees but gives Jacob his daughter Leah to marry. Jacob does end up with Rachel but much later.

The life lesson here is be careful what you ask for, you might just get it but not in the way you expect.

7. Being accused of something is easily done, proving your innocence is not easy.

In the book of Genesis, Joseph is accused of trying to rape the Pharaoh's wife. Of course he was innocent but once the accusation was put out there Joseph was guilty and could not prove his innocence.

The life lesson from this is two fold. The first is don't make false accusations about people because you're trying to get back at them and secondly don't put yourself in bad situations where someone can accuse you of something because they wan't to get back at you for something.

8. Life is made up of times of feasting and times of fasting. The key is to be prepared for the famine by putting a little away during times of feasting.

Joseph was out in charge of the Pharaoh's grain stock because God gave him a vision of the famine to come to Egypt. He stockpiled grain to have when the time came when they would need the stockpile.

The life lesson here is to always make sure to put something of what you earn away to help you get you through tough times which may come your way.

9. You’re never too old to have your dreams fulfilled. Gen 18:23

Abraham was told by the angel as a very old man he would have a child by Sarah. Even though he and Sarah took matters into his own hands the dream came true And Issac was born.

The life lesson here is to remember you’re never to old to have your dreams come true. All you need to do is trust in God and His wisdom.

10. We may not become a blessing to the nations but we can be a blessing to those we come in contact with.

In Genesis 12 God tells Abraham."I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." It is though Abraham the nation of Israel was born. Of course the blessing refered to here is Jesus who comes from Abraham's linage.

The life lesson here is this, we most likely won‘t become a blessing to all people but we can be a blessing to those we come in contact with on a daily basis.

Final Thoughts On Genesis

There you have it 10 of the many life lessons which can be learned from the Book of Genesis. There are others. All you need is pick up a Bible and look deeply into God's word. The truth is waiting there for you find.

© 2020 Timothy Whitt