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‘…[Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord…’ Genesis 15:6 AMP

Abraham came from a land of idol worshippers. He was the first in his family to serve the true God. To do it he had to overcome his background, his training and the opinions of those around him. In obedience to a God he didn’t fully know, he had to leave the security of home and head for a destination he couldn’t describe to anyone. Did he have flaws and weaknesses? Certainly—find someone who hasn’t. Did he make mistakes? Yes, big ones! But it’s mind–blowing what God will do for and through a man or woman who’ll ‘trust in, rely on and remain steadfast [to Him].’ One word sums up how Abraham served God: ‘wholeheartedly’. God made a covenant with Abraham promising him personal blessings, ancestral inheritance and that through him all the nations of the earth would be blessed; the number 1 blessing to the nations is Jesus the Messiah (Genesis 22:18). And Abraham’s blessings are promised to you when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour (Galatians 3:14). Tracking Abraham would have been easy because everywhere he went, he built an altar to God. There are several recorded in Scripture, the most famous being the one on which he laid his son Isaac (Genesis 22). There was nothing and no one Abraham loved more than God. And what God did for Abraham, He will do for you if you’ll serve Him wholeheartedly. He will cause people to look at you and say, ‘That man, that woman, serves a God who really cares about them; nobody else could make those things happen in their life.’ The blessing of God is what you get in exchange for wholehearted devotion. When you think about it, it’s a small price to pay.

SoulFood: 1 Ki 21-22, Luke 12:49-59, Ps 70, Prov 6:26-28

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015

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