I Will

Read: Genesis 12 and Hebrews 11:8-10

In Genesis 12 when Abram is called by God to leave his country, his people, and his father’s household he is not told where it is he is going. But God does make promises to him. God says, “I Will” do these things for you if you have faith and follow my leading.

What are those promises? Verses 2 and 3 say, “I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, I will bless those who bless you, and then it also says that the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

If you read on in Genesis you understand that Abram had many opportunities to doubt those promises. Things did not always work out as he thought they should. Some things did not make any sense. (Sound familiar?) How was Sarai going to bear children at her old age? The truth is, Abram had many opportunities to fear and doubt what God was promising.

Perhaps we have been in his shoes? I’m sure we have all been through times like that. But the promises continue to come. In Genesis 15 the Lord once again says, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” Several verses later it says, “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”

When we get to Hebrews 11 in the New Testament we see that Abraham’s trust and faith in God led him to receive all that God had promised to him. The same can be true for us when we believe that God will come through for us. This Sunday I am preaching a message from 1 Kings 18 which has another great example of that.

I appreciate what pastor Ron Adams writes in today’s Rejoice devotional and I wanted to share it with you. He writes, “We may sometimes feel lost along the way. We may wonder if we’re ever going to arrive. In those moments let’s remember our ancestor Abraham. He did not know where he was going. He did not know how to get there. But he knew that the One calling him onward was with him, and was faithful. The One calling us onward is with us, and is faithful.”

I hope Ron’s words of encouragement were as uplifting for you this week as they were for me. When things get tough, when things look bleak, God’s Word always has an example of why we should not despair. God Will Deliver Us! His Son Jesus Christ has already delivered us from sin and despair, the other stuff should be no problem.

Make it personal: Take time to pray right now. Reconfirm your faith and your trust to God. Speak of the things that are weighing heavy on you right now and then have faith that Jesus Christ will see you through it all.

Have a faith filled week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church