[Read Genesis Chapter 12]
The people at the Tower of Babel tried to make a name for themselves apart from God. The Lord curses this effort and disperses the people. Abram on the other hand receives unearned blessing from the Lord. He is approached by God and given a test of faith. God asks him to leave his family, his land, and his security. God does not tell him where he is suppose to go, but simply to leave and let the Lord direct him after he begins his travels. The promise which will drive Abram towards obedience is that God will make him into a great nation, lifting up his name as great. This promise would have been very dear to Abram. The only way Abram’s name could have been multiplied would be if he had many children. Abram’s wife Sarai was thus far unable to conceive children. So the faith that was displayed in this act of leaving all the security he knows is great!
The promise to Abram has direct implication for us today. If the Lord has given you faith to believe and obey him, you are a child, and offspring of Abraham, and thus part of the promise.
Galatians 3:7–9 “Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”
[Questions For The Kids]
- God blesses Abram for trusting in a promise given to him. Does the Lord call you and me to trust him in the same way today?
- Can you think of one promise the Lord has given you to trust?
- How are you doing trusting and obeying this promise?