Tag: believe and obey
Scripture reading for January 6th: Genesis 12-14
About 2000 years before Christ or 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. He was about 75 years old and married to a lady named Sarai. They were childless and already beyond the years of childbearing.
God seems to specialize in doing what seems impossible! God spoke to Abram and gave him 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 He would show him and Abram obeyed! With promises like that, who wouldn’t want in on these blessings and future blessings?
In these verses we see the beginning of God’s plan to form a people who by faith would follow Him. Abram was told that God would make him a great nation before he had even one child. Abram was told all nations would be blessed through him. Abram’s offspring carried the seed of the one who would carry the Son of God, Jesus Christ! Abram believed and acted. Faith is just that simple. Faith looks at God who made the promises and chooses to believe that He is able to fulfill them! (Romans 4:20-21)
That’s exactly what God is calling us to do! We now trust in Jesus Christ and receive the blessing promised to all peoples of the earth: eternal life in His Name! Faith is still trusting that God will do what He has promised! Will you trust and obey Him today? He has people He wants to bless through you and your testimony!
“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)
“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29)