Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Promises to Abram

1 Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Genesis 12:1-3, NKJV

Promises to Abram

In Genesis 12 we begin a section in the book of Genesis that will continue for several chapters about Abram (later to become Abraham). In the opening verses of this chapter, God contacts Abram with what must have seemed to him to be some rather amazing promises.

God is calling Abram to leave his country and his father's house. This is more than just a call to change his physical location, although that is certainly involved. In this calling of God to Abram, God is calling him to leave the gods of his father's house and follow Him, alone.

With this calling, God makes several promises to Abram. He will make of him a great nation, He will bless him, He will make his name great, He will bless those who bless him, and He will curse those who curse him. In Abram, all of the families of the earth will be blessed.

We find as we continue through Genesis, that God did, indeed, bless Abram greatly. All of the promises were first fulfilled in Abram's lifetime. However, it did not end there. To this very day, God is continuing to bless those who bless Abram and curse those who curse him. How can that be true even today in this, the 21st century?

The entire nation of Israel was descended from Abram. For centuries those who blessed Israel were blessed and those who cursed Israel were cursed. Since Christ came, that blessing has been expanded to all of God's children living today. Those who have truly trusted Christ for their salvation and are living lives of service to God are the spiritual seed of Abram. So, in that way, God is still continuing this promise made to Abram thousands of years ago.

We do not often realize that the life we live today has implications, not only for our children and grandchildren but for those who follow down through the centuries as long as God chooses to continue this world. What are we, as children of God, doing for our descendants? What things will be passed down to those who follow after us? 

If Abraham is allowed, from heaven, to look down upon this earth, how amazed do you think he would be at the ways in which God is continuing to fulfill His promise to him? We serve an amazing God. While we are closed in, in a sense, by the times and cultures in which we live, God is fulfilling much greater purposes in our lives than we can ever imagine.

Let us be busy about the things of the Lord. Let us share the love of Christ with our friends and neighbors and pray that God's Holy Spirit would open their eyes and plant His truth and understanding into the very heart of their souls. 

Today is the day of salvation. Sometime, perhaps soon, Christ will return and time shall be no more. So, let us work while the time is open for souls to come to Christ. Let us also take the time each day to rejoice and fellowship with this amazing God we love and serve. He is available to us 24/7. He never leaves nor forsakes His dear children.

We have much to learn from the life of Abram and Sarai as revealed in the book of Genesis. May God take His Word and by His Spirit implant it into our hearts and lives!

God Bless You,
Linda

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