12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “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. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Wow! Isn’t that what people want to hear now – that God says He will make you famous. It’s a thing isn’t it, for all of us – that we would like to be blessed and be famous without us putting in the effort to achieve something that is worthy of fame. But it will be good to read the rest of Abram’s story as we go through Genesis – it wasn’t as simple or easy as it sounds here. Abram believed God and was obedient to Him and headed off to Canaan with his family and household team. His life got complex when he did that – there were fabulous times of blessing and there were other times when things
did not go as he wanted – but Abraham’s obedience was a blessing on all the families in the world.
For most of us, we will not always see how people are blessed by our lives just like Abraham didn’t see all that came after. If we are trying to live in accordance with God’s word, we will be a blessing on those around us bringing God’s love and blessing to those around us. Following what God asks of us can be scary or hard work or not convenient but it is always worthwhile even when we can’t see the whole picture.
Thank You Lord that You do bless us – it may not always look like we thought it would – but You do. Help us to trust You Lord that You are trustworthy and that Your BIG picture – the one we only catch glimpses of – is an awesome one – full of love, character, richness, hope, peace. Help us to come to You daily to see what You would have for us to do. Build our faith more and more. Amen
Written by Therese Manning