Last month I talked about the three fold blessing we inherit as children of God. Let’s get started from the beginning, with Abraham.
Abraham was called to be a chosen vessel for God’s purpose; a purpose designed to bring blessings to all the families of the earth. Abraham (at first called Abram) was just an ordinary man living in the Land of Ur. Throughout Abraham’s life his faith was tested repeatedly. First by God instructing Abraham to leave his own country, his family, his father’s house and go to a new land. Second, Abraham chose to lie and deceive King Abimelech out of fear that he would seize his life. Third, God promised a son to Abraham and his wife Sarah, but clearly things were not moving fast enough so he decided to take things into his own hand by birthing Ishmael with Hagar (Sarah’s maid). Again, God still held fast to his promise of giving them a child, Isaac, while Abraham was in disbelief that he would have a son at 100 years of age. Lastly, Abraham was instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac to show his obedience to God. In almost all these scenarios Abraham did not trust God completely, with unwavering faith. However he finally realized God’s power that He is the originator of all things. God’s promise or covenant to make his descendants into a great nation was a blessing that no man could ever imagine.
- Nothing originated from Abraham himself, including his other son Ishmael could serve God’s purpose. He learned this through his son Isaac who was given to him in a unique way (Genesis 21:1-6). Even though something may be in God’s plan we must not attempt to take things into our own hands. In serving God, we must not rely on our own personal power behind our actions, but simply wait. The starting point of all our progress as Christians is God gracious call, not our own desires.
The history of how a man, Abraham, was changed from just an ordinary man to a vessel of honor for God shows God’s amazing grace and how Abraham could still become “the father of all them that believe” (Galatians 3:7). Abraham’s hope depended not of what he wanted, but on the fact that God had chosen him and God wanted him. We need to learn as Abraham did, to commit ourselves to the hand of God’s will.
Abraham doubted God, as many of us doubt God, especially when things seem impossible. Abraham could not have possibly known or been expected to visualize how much of the future was resting on his decisions to obey God in all things. Even in the midst of confusion, selfishness, and uncertainty, God’s plans incorporate people’s mistakes. God is, indeed, must be the originator of all of everything.
Tune in next month, when I speak about Isaac, the 2nd generation of the blessings for our lives. Who’s ready for more blessings and favor?