This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father. Romans 4:16 MSG
I love the way this is written! God’s promise arrives as pure gift, it’s not based on what I’ve done wrong or what I’ve done right, it’s simply a promise that if we believe it, we will have it.
When God first called Abraham to leave his family, he was a pagan. They didn’t know God or have relationship with God. Read it for yourself from Genesis 12:1-6:
God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.”
So Abram left just as God said, and Lot left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot with him, along with all the possessions and people they had gotten in Haran, and set out for the land of Canaan and arrived safe and sound.
At age 75 he made a decision to trust a God he did not see but only heard and in that moment, he became the father of faith. His example showed us how to listen, trust and obey. There was no, “First confess your sins because you’re a heathen. Then you need to sacrifice a lamb to cover your sin.” No! Because just like today, God will use anyone who is willing to leave and do His instructions.
I don’t care what you think of our current president, to me he is just another Abram. A 72 year old man who left the comforts of his own home to save a nation and bring them back to the knowledge of what our country was founded on-God. He is a breath of fresh air over all the other corrupt politicians who had their own agenda for this nation and did not seek the face of God or have Godly men and women as advisors.
I wonder how many of us have heard God’s call to leave mother and father to follow Him into the unknown? I wonder how few have done as He’s asked? One act of obedience can shake your current safe foundation and bring you to new and exciting open doors. God has always had plans for you but He can’t do anything until you move.
Thank You Father for yet another reminder that Your plans are higher than ours and so much better. We ask forgiveness for our lack of faith and trust in You and we ask you give us another chance to walk on the water with You. It’s by faith in Jesus, Amen.