Hope For the Nations Through Abraham

Daily God Walk for Thursday, January 7, 2009

I will make you into a great nation and I will bless  you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. – Genesis 12:2-3

 It had been a long time between Adam and Abraham. For thousands of years mankind had struggled with just a memory and occasional glimpses of a relationship with God.

Then God began to reveal his plan. First he calls Abram to leave his home and follow him. Then he slowly reveals his purposes to Abram, who later became Abraham. God was calling Abram to be the father of many nations.

What was interesting is that Abram, Which means, “high father” was childless. He was perhaps a leader, or a “father” in his community and that may have been the background for his name. This childless man was given hope of a progeny in our passage for today, but even he had no idea what it all meant.

In chapter 17 God makes covenant with Abram and changes his name to Abraham. He wouldn’t just be a father but he would be the father of many nations. This story is made even more interesting because Abraham was about 75 and Sarah was near the same, yet, the promise of God gave them hope of being the forebears of nations.

Abraham may not have known the extent to which his progeny would bless the world, but he lived in hope of the promise he had been given. God, by his own sovereign will, had chosen a people through whom he would reveal himself and provide a plan whereby man could be reconciled to himself, renewed in spirit and restored in hope.

We who live with faith in Jesus, the Christ of Redemption, have been reconciled to God and have been renewed in spirit by the Holy Spirit. We are now in the process of being restored to the person God ordained that we become.

 Principle: Living with hope in the promise will sustain us.

 Affirmation: Faith in Jesus, the Christ of Redemption sustains me.

 Prayer: Lord, give me the faith of Abraham so that even when it seems the promise cannot possibly come to pass, I will trust you. Amen.

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