Sunday, March 31, 2019
Abraham is known to the church as a man of faith. Indeed, the Bible holds him up to us as an example of faith: “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Galatians 3:6).
We need to understand that there are incredible promises; protection, long life, heavenly intervention and the promises go on and on. In reading the Word of God, we find that God spoke these things to Abram (this is before he was known as Abraham). This man of God – this believing servant of God, was visited by the Lord himself and promised personal protection and a long life without fear. And we read that Abram believed God! He trusted that the Lord would shelter, protect and shield him from all danger.
Abram left his country at God’s command – totally by faith. God told him, “Everywhere you pt your foot will be your land.” As we follow his journey, we see that he made some missteps along the way. Remember, he went down to Egypt (a mistake!) and then lied about his beautiful wife Sarah, telling people she was his sister because he was afraid she would be stolen from him. This did happen when the Pharaoh took her into his house for a time. This situation was quickly rectified when God moved in and no harm came to her ( see this account n Genesis 12).
God’s master plan for Abram prevailed in spite of his momentary lack of faith and his miserable failures. Likewise, whatever God determines for your life cannot be stopped if you simply put your life into his hands. He is faithful concerning his promise – even when we are not.