Join us this tonight for our November Men’s Fellowship Night. Former summer staffer and now a full-time Pastor, Tom Brown, will be sharing a challenge from God’s Word. Call 800-453-7942 and make your reservation. See link for details.
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”(Genesis 12:1-3)
It’s obvious Abraham had a great call, which would challenge life as he knew. In that call, he has been labeled as a man of faith and obedience, as well as the father of many nations. He was selected, or some would say he was elected for God’s handy work. Abraham was righteous, but not perfect.
He willfully put his wife Sarah in a compromising position on two separate occasions; by saying she was his sister, to save his own skin. (Genesis 12:1-20, and 20:1-7)
His lack of faith; had a child with housemaid Hagar Genesis 16:2
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”(1 Corinthians 13:11)
He was a child in age, but definitely in some of his decisions.
What! Leave my country and my family?
Left his family and friends!
Left the home he was raised and knew!
He Faced uncertainties!
Oppositions from other nations!
Life is going to present situations that, if we are open, can be use as an educational tool!
“Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.” Genesis 24.1
He progresses from the call of his life to and example to all of of faith in the midst of trials. Abraham, like us, wasn’t perfect, but he matures into a man of faith.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.” (Hebrews 11:8-11)
We all have a calling, a platform to exercise our faith. The journey will indeed present random roadblocks, either by you own demise or from an outside source. At that very moment you ask yourself the question, what legacy am I leaving? Finish well my friend! – Juan Mendez serves at the Colony of Mercy as a Chaplain and is also a graduate. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: The essence of God’s action in wrath is to give people what they choose, in all its implications. —J.I. Packer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31