Hey folks! How are you doing?
Today's lesson is from Genesis 12 (please don't ask how I went from psalms to Genesis lol! The honest truth is I have book markers in Genesis, Psalms, Acts and 1 Corinthians 🤣- It is what it is. I go as the Spirit leads)
So in chapter 12, we see that God speaks to Abram (not yet Abraham) and tells him to move from his native land to a place He would show him. He also promises some very amazing things to Abram such as blessing him abundantly, making him famous, and the most important to me and us all, the gift of Jesus Christ from his lineage.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
In verse 7, God appears to Abram and confirms his promise to him again which is all well and good, double confirmation is always a good thing. However, in verse 7 we see that there was a terrible famine in the land and then Abram had to leave Canaan (the promised land) and go down to Egypt to escape from the famine. Immediately I read this The Holy Spirit helped me understand that even if God gives us a word or a promise, it doesn't mean that it'll automatically just happen. Sometimes, situations may occur to make us doubt His promise. Abram was on his own, it was God who came to him and gave him promises and he moved at His command and now here he was, packing his bags, having to leave the land he was promised due to famine. Imagine what must have been going through Abram's mind.
But you know what? God is God. God is a good God and His word never fails. We know that all of God's promises to Abram still came to pass. So even if things aren't looking like what God told you, remember Abram, remember Genesis 12 and say to yourself 'No matter what happens, God's promise in my life will come to pass, I choose to trust God.'
Enjoy this song from Jeduthun the musician. It's a perfect description of what our stance should be when we face challenges like the case of Abram (Abraham*).