Reading through the Bible together
The Lord’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:2 reveals another eternal truth which is centuries old. “I will make you a great nation, I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” The blessings which God gives us are not to be selfishly hoarded. We are blessed to bless. As we share the blessings that God has given us, we bring glory to His name.
“And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”(Verse 3) God blessed Abraham so he could bless others. He blesses us so that our families can be blessed through us. We become a channel of heaven’s blessings to those around us.
The path of success and the path of failure lie very close together. Abraham compromised his integrity by declaring that Sarah, his wife, was his sister. His lack of faith almost resulted in tragedy. As Pharaoh correctly stated, “I might have taken her as my wife.” (Verse 17) Abraham’s unbelief may have caused him to loose the one he cherished most. Years later God brought Abraham to a similar test of faith. Would he now believe God that Sarah would conceive in old age? When we fail at one point, God brings us to that same place again and again. The lessons in the school of the Lord cannot be skipped or omitted. Thank God Abraham passed the test and we can too.
- Mark Finley