‘Now the Lord…said to Abram…’ Genesis 12:1 NKJV
We can learn so much from the life of Abraham. For example, that God can call us at any time of life. Without protesting or postponing, Abraham said, ‘Yes, Lord!’ And his unquestioning obedience is a rebuke to those of us who say, ‘I’m too old, leave it to the younger ones,’ or ‘I’ve earned the right to relax and take it easy; let others do the heavy lifting.’ There’s no retirement in the service of the King of Kings! He has the right to ask us for anything, and send us anywhere at any season of life. We also learn that God’s plan brings fulfilment, but it’s always greater than our own personal fulfilment. Abraham was called to populate the entire Middle East: ‘I will make you…a great nation…I will bless you…make your name great, and you shall be a blessing.’ (Genesis 12:2 NIV) These words are a rebuke to those among us who seek to make a name for ourselves rather than allowing God to do it for us. In God’s Kingdom you don’t seek status, you earn it by being of service to others. Finally, we learn that God will treat others according to how they treat us. God told Abraham, ‘I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…’ (Genesis 12:3 NKJV) When we are in God’s will we don’t have to promote or protect ourselves, God will do it for us. ‘He permitted no man to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones…’ (1 Chronicles 16:21-22 NKJV) Knowing that sets us free to go where God wants us to go and do what He wants us to do.
SoulFood: Ezek 34-36, Luke 20:27-40, Ps 78:1-8, Pr 20:7-10