It's a Family Blessing
One would need only to read the daily paper or view the nightly news to see that the world we are living in is a mess. And as much as some of us would like to think that what’s happening around us is new news, it really isn’t. Things we are currently experiencing didn’t begin with this generation. They didn’t begin with our parents, or even their parents. You would only have to go back to the first book of the Bible to discover what is happening now, is very much like what happened then. As a matter of fact, the first eleven chapters in the book of Genesis give account after account, of one failure after another.
Disobedience, lies, murder, deception, drunkenness, nudity, sexual immorality, etc. – all these things are as familiar today as they were in Genesis. Humanity became so corrupt in Genesis that God cleansed the earth by sending the flood. Even after the flood, God’s man, Noah, who built the ark and survived the flood, got drunk on his own success and the rebellion continued.
The call for a great nation…
Can you imagine what it must have been like for God? Witnessing humanity that He created after His very own image; deliberately refuse the blessing He originally intended for their existence. Perhaps, if it were up to you or me, we would have destroyed the human race and given up on the idea of its existence. I’m so glad that, His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are far beyond anything we could ever imagine! (Isaiah 55:8)
Instead, God decided to call another man by the name of Abraham. It was through Abraham, that He would make a great nation of people who would be, not only the lineage from whom the Messiah would come, but also they would be God’s chosen nation; a witness of God to all the earth. (Deut. 7:7, 28:37, Isa. 43:9-10. God called Abraham out from a very prosperous city devoted to idolatry called Ur of the Chaldees. A product of an idolatrous upbringing, Abraham did not know the real God, but God called him anyway. And when He appeared to Abraham, the glory of God was so revealing that Abraham began to see the vanity and foolishness of idol worship and it changed his life forever.
Where would we be if Abraham had not trusted God?
As the word came to Abraham, it brought about a miracle of faith and true faith, based on the Word, will lead you into obedience. God instructed Abraham to leave his father’s house, his relatives, and his country. While it was specifically clear what was to be left behind, what lied ahead was another story. Abraham was not perfect, but his life was characterized by two things, faith and faithfulness. He was saved by faith, he moved by faith, and he lived by faith. God wanted to use Abraham’s life as a display to show us the magnitude of blessing that comes through the posture of obedience.
After the call, there were several promises that followed but the final promise was that of blessing. It was a blessing for Abraham and a blessing through Abraham. Much of His blessing was to come in the form of his offspring; largely manifested in his descendants, you and me. You are Abraham’s seed and what God gave to him; He wants to give to you. It’s a Family Blessing.
God wants you to separate yourself from the corruption around your life, just as He wanted Abraham. He is calling you out of your mess, just as He did Abraham. He wants you to experience every one of His promises, just like He did Abraham. And like Abraham, He has an appointed place for your blessing. God will not give you all the details along the way, nor did He give them to Abraham. But through obedience and faithfulness you will rightfully inherit the blessing of Abraham.
Remember a blessing always speaks to the end of thing.
Just because you’ve gone through some struggles and some setbacks, know that there are better days ahead of you. Don’t get discouraged, and leave the place God’s assigned for you to be. Preparation for the blessing happens at your appointed place. And why would God give you a blessing you’re not ready for? I heard Bishop Jakes say, “Before you can possess your promise, you have to possess yourself.”
God wants the whole world to be blessed, and He is calling you out of some things in order to lead you into something else. There is a blessing that runs in the family and it belongs to you!
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