Jan. 27 - Abraham: Following God's Promise, Part 2
Do you ever have those sermons where it feels like God is speaking directly to you, showing you areas in your life where you still have so much spiritual work to do? That was me on Sunday. Big time. Several times a week I find myself saying that I fully trust God with the future of my kids, but then each day I’m devoured by anxiety with some new kid-related issue. After Sunday’s sermon, my big question is why do I trust God with my family’s future, but not our present circumstances?
To release you from of my personal drama and take you into the Bible, here is the example that Greg used. We know from the January 6, 2018 sermon that Abram fully trusted God when He called Abram to pack his family and belongings and travel to an unknown land. But along the way, his trust began to wane.
Genesis 12: 10-20 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.
But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
When Abram arrived in Egypt he didn't want the Pharaoh to know he was Sarai's husband, so instead of trusting God, he took matters into his own hands. He fabricated a story and had to pay the consequences. But despite his disobedience and lack of trust, God still loved Abram and He comforts him in Genesis 15:1 The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
God is never calling us into the past, only the future. Remember we have been given free will by our loving God to make any choices we want. If those choices aren't aligned with God's will, we won't lose God's love, but we'll find there are earthly consequences to pay. However if we put all our trust in Him and are fully obedient, we will see blessings overflow in our lives and the lives around us.
Lord, I thank You that You are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. I want to trust in Your ability and not my own. Teach me to see difficulties in my life from Your perspective. Help me to focus on You and Your power. My responsibility is to carefully read, trust, and obey Your Word. Help me not to fear but to trust You in all situations. I declare my faith in Your ability to fulfill Your promises to me. You will fight for me and win the battles in my life. You are mighty, powerful, righteous and true.