Faith’s in your genes
I think the story of Abraham teaches us alot about faith. In Genesis 12, the Lord promises Abram “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing;”, the Lord promised also to bless who blessed Abram and curse those who curse him. I think that’s kinda major… Abram got a personal promise, not an inherited one. From all angles looking on, this was a great start for Abram. Let’s take a quick look at where life takes Abram though. Another thing is that Abram was born sometime after the confusion at Babel, so the Lord called Abram out, the Lord said “Get thee out of the country, and from the kindred”. I think God definitely wanted Abram to be set apart.
In the same chapter, Abram had to deal with a famine in his land. Eek. He went down to Egypt with his wife Sarai… He lied to Pharaoh, telling them Sarai was his sister, coz he knew his wife was hot and he feared they’d kill him just to have her so… The bible says that they treated Abram well because of her… he got the supplies he needed. The Lord caused a plague to fall upon the Egyptians though, and Abram ended up apologizing for lying, explaining his fear to the Egyptians. He heads back home and soon enough has to deal with his herdsmen fighting with his nephew’s herdsmen. Thanks to these workers, Abram now has to separate himself from his nephew and they have to part ways. Abram was humble enough to let Lot get first pick… and of course Lot picked the better looking land… Gen 13:10 says the land was “well watered every where”. So Abram had to part ways with his nephew to take up residence in the less attractive land. Now if that wasn’t enough, soon after… some war was going on between Sodom and Gomorrah and Zeboiim and Bela and they kidnapped Lot (Abram’s nephew) and robbed him of his goods. Being a loving uncle I figure it must have hurt to hear the news (even though Lot got the better land and Abram was the one that God promised). Abram rallied up his best trained men and went in… only 318 men… they took back Lot and got back all his goods. Wow! Talk about eventful. All this time though, when we get to chapter to 15, we remember God’s promise “I will make of thee a great nation”… Abram was seedless! He had no kids! It’s in verse 3 he starts asking God what’s up. “Behold, to me thou hast given no seed”. The Lord reminds Abram that He hasn’t forgot… Abram believes and Gen 15:6 says “And he believed in the Lord; and he counted in to him for righteousness”.
Sarai became impatient and gave her maid to Abram, Hagar. So Abram took Hagar and she had a son for him… Ishmael. Ok, so not exactly the plan. Bible says Hagar starts to despise Sarai so Sarai gets mad and sends her away. The one son that Abram had now had to be sent away since the baby mother wasn’t getting along well with his wife… sigh… all this happens to the one God had promised to make a great nation of. He has suffered so much affliction before his first seed even has popped out.
If you know the story of Abram, you would know that he had to rescue Lot from Sodom and Gomorrah, where Lot’s wife was turned to a pillow of salt. More drama! Not to mention, when Abraham (as he was called then) FINALLY got his first son of Sarai (Isaac) he get the test of his life!!!! God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac; the one he had waited so long for… the one he endured hardships and trials and tribulations and separation of family and loss of family for. God asked him to give that all back to Him. Thankfully it was a test though, for Abraham to learn even more about faith.
This ended up being longer than I wanted… but… I wanted to bring it all down by saying… “without faith it’s impossible to please God”. Much like Abraham, we have been promised so much by God, but how we will endure the in betweens? Abram was afflicted on every side after he was promised… famine, family, war, family and even death. These circumstances came in spite and despite the promise. How will we handle the struggles that will push us to forget the promises? All the struggles that will push us to question if we’ve really been promised? How about when others seem to be getting in on the promise we’re looking forward to. Heb 11:1-3 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Through every difficult circumstance, let’s walk by faith…
Through we are torn from family or loose family or have to endure family issues… walk by faith…
There’s NO circumstance so great that it can displace God’s promises. What circumstance is so great it displaces your faith?