When we finally get our first glimpse into the life of Tamar, it’s not looking bright. In a mere two verses, she is married, mistreated (as we’ll discover in the weeks ahead), and abruptly widowed. So much suffering! While these events are sobering—and this is only the beginning of Tamar’s story—right from the start we are given a glimmer of hope because Tamar is not the only one who suddenly comes onto the scene. For two full chapters leading up to these events, God is never mentioned. Then, all of a sudden, He appears—precisely when Tamar enters the story.

When God Steps In . . .

And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. But Er, Judah’s firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord put him to death.” (Genesis 38:7)

Based on the chronology, Tamar’s marriage to Er lasted between a few days to at most, a few months. While we do not know exactly how long Tamar’s marriage to Er lasted, the rapid succession of events seems to indicate that God’s judgment on Er came swiftly. Right from the start, we see evidence of God’s mercy for Tamar. He looked down from heaven and saw Er’s wickedness and Tamar’s helplessness. He did not have to step in

—but He did. 

Think of a time when God intervened when you suffered. How did God step in? What impact did it have on your relationship with God?

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4)

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