Command and Promise
Thank God today that the Bible tells us that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness.
Read Genesis 12:1-20
 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.  He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.  Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.  The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.  From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.  Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.  Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.  As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are.  When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live.  Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”  When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman.  And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace.  He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.  But the LORD inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai.  So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife?  Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!”  Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat weakness and resulting sin did Abram show here?
Abram was given a tall order from God. He was to leave everything and start out on a new journey of faith. Unlike Adam and Eve, Abram was ready to listen and obey. That’s a question we should ask ourselves everyday: will I listen to and obey God? Abram is to leave in order to become a blessing to all people. We, too, are to be a blessing to others. How does that look in your life at the moment? Can you see God reaching others through you? After a good start Abram seems to blow it. Why did he go to Egypt when God hadn’t told him to? Why did he lie and seek to deceive Pharaoh? Fear seems to take over from faith: fear of starvation; fear for his life. He seems to quickly lose sight of God’s command and promise; however, God is able to fulfill his plans and purposes despite our weakness and rebellion. When we make poor choices, God does not give up on us. It’s a real encouragement to know that, despite Abram going his own way at this point, he is still called a hero of the faith, an example to follow (Heb. 11:8-12).
What has God asked you to do recently that seemed very hard? Which of his promises were you able to hold on to?
Lord, when You call, help me to listen and obey, showing that I trust You. I want to be a blessing to others for You.
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