Holding On To A Promise- Genesis 12.1-4

Abram was an old man when his heart was inflamed by faith

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. -Genesis 12:1-4

God is a personal God

Abraham has received word from God asking him to leave his hometown and go to a place He would show him. It would have been difficult to leave a place where he has grown and have settled for 75 years. It must have been difficult to start anew in a land where he is totally a stranger. However, Abraham has received a personal command from God with a promise of eternal blessing. He has chosen to obey without a doubt that God will lead him to a wonderful place.

God relates through His promises

God speaks to us through His word. His promises are as real today as they have been in time past. We only need to fill ourselves with His words, memorize his promises in the bible verses that we read and claim them as our own so that his principles will be guide us in our daily living and for us to receive strength in times of trouble.

God is faithful

God is always faithful even when we are faithless. He who believes in Him will never be disappointed. Of course, this is not a reason to remain in our faithlessness but a constant assurance that He will never forsake us in any way.

God is at work

God works in the lives of those who put their trust in Him. Like Abraham, he did not ask God to explain to him every detail of the journey. He was not sure where to turn, whether right or left. He just placed his life under the Lord’s care in each day. He trusted that God would never fail him. He moved based on God’s call and he hanged on the divine promise.

Similarly, let us trust God in every way. Let the principles he has laid for us in the Bible guide us in the decisions that we need to make whether little or big on a daily basis.

Digested from a sermon by Rev. Orlino Veron, Administrative Pastor, Lagro, United Methodist Church- March 20, 2011

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