Abraham believed God!
January 6th Scripture Reading: Genesis 12-14
Genesis 12:2-3 “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those that bless you, and him that dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
About 2000 years before Christ and about 400 years after the tower of Babel, God spoke to a man in Ur of the Chaldeans in the land that is now called Iraq. This man’s name was Abram and he was about 75 years old and married to a woman named Sarai. They were childless and already beyond the years of child-bearing. God made promises to them and their offspring.
God gave Abram eight specific promises: (1) I will make you a great nation, (2) I will bless you, (3) I will make your name great, (4) You will be a blessing, (5) I will bless those who bless you, (6) I will curse those who curse you, (7) All peoples of the earth will be blessed through you, (8) To your offspring I will give this land (Canaan). (Genesis 12:2-3, 7.) God then asked Abram to leave his home and go to a land that God would show him. Abram did exactly what God asked, and his faith gave him righteousness.
Faith looks at God Who made the promises and chooses to believe that He is able to fulfill them! That’s exactly what God is calling us to do! He asks us to believe Him now and be blessed and become a blessing. “And without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Which of the promise of God is most precious to you? Are you ‘fully persuaded’ that God’s promise of salvation belongs to you? What is that persuasion based on? What really pleases God?
“Yet he (Abraham) did not waver in unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21