Abraham’s incentives

Heb. 11:8-10:  “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance.  And he went out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he dwelt in the land of promise like a foreigner living in tents; and so did Issac and Jacob, who inherited the same promised.  For Abraham waited for a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.”  

Abraham leaving his country, family, and his father’s house to go dwell in tents in a land he didn’t know…as a foreigner…does take great faith.  There is even more to his faith story, but for today…

When I went back to Genesis this morning to read the beginning, I saw the mention of the fact that Abraham’s wife Sarai was barren; she had no child.  (Gen. 11:30)  Then, in Gen. 12:1-3, the Lord tells Abraham to leave his country and go to a land He would show Him.  But God gave him an incentive.  Well, several incentives, actually.

Remember, his wife is barren.  The Lord said, “I will make you a great nation.”  Wow!  That’s a pretty great incentive to leave.  Ok.  “I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.”  Goodness!  Really?  I mean, me?  “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  Boom!

So, not only was the Lord promising to bless Abraham, but He was going to bless all the families of the earth through Abraham.  I mean, come on!!!!  How can anyone resist that!?  And so, Abraham obeyed.  And so God did as He promised.  God blessed Abraham and his wife.  And God has blessed us all because through Abraham and his descendants came our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!!

Drop the mic.

If we trust in anything in this life, let it be the Lord.  He does what He says He will do.

Last night we had a soup dinner at church.  I had this amazing new recipe for cornbread casserole that I had eaten the day before.  I also have a great crock pot.  I put all the ingredients in my crock pot and mixed it all up.  When it was time to leave for the dinner, I simply unplugged the crock pot and we headed out the door.  When my pastor’s wife took the lid off the crock pot and stuck a serving spoon inside the casserole was more like soup.

I’d trusted in my recipe and my crock pot, and didn’t even check the results before we left home.  Fail.

Abraham trusted in the Lord who promised to bless him and all the families of the earth through him, living in tents and waiting for a city with eternal foundations.  Win!

In God we can always trust.  He will never let us down.

Served,

jamie

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2 thoughts on “Abraham’s incentives

  1. That was a good word Jamie! Certainly not on the scale of Abraham and Sarah, but I can somewhat relate to leaving all that is comfortable and familiar to strike out to the unknown, yet knowing that the Lord is leading. It.is.scary! But, it is also wonderful and exciting. I highly recommend it! 🙂 My personal promise was given to me by the Lord on January 1 of this year. It is Psalm 1:3… we are (trans)planted by rivers of water and will bear fruit in season with non-withering leaves and prosperous results! Who wouldn’t be thrilled with those incentives!!?

    I am sorry about your casserole. Did you figure out what went wrong?

    On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 5:36 AM considering the word wrote:

    > jamie lopez posted: “Heb. 11:8-10: “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was > called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. > And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the > land of promise like a foreigner living in tents; and s” >

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    • That is a wonderful promise! Non-withering leaves are probably very important to remember when you’re in snow that early and deep and you’re from SC! I’m so glad our God doesn’t ask impossible things of us and leave us to flounder afterwards! I’m so excited about the prosperous results for the two of you and all those that will be blessed by them.

      I’m still not sure about the casserole. I brought it home and cooked it 2 more hours and it still didn’t set up. Something really went wrong. Haha. Sad.

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