We continue this week with our devotional series based on the book Climbing with Abraham by David Ramos. Last week we looked at the relationship between Abraham and Lot and how, when we have relationships with other people, we are responsible to them and them to us. Abraham sought, and relied upon, wisdom and direction from God to deal with the situation with his nephew.
Week 5: Read Genesis 13:13-18
As we read the story of Abraham, from our perspective we are able to see how all God's promises came true. But for Abraham, living day by day, it must have been difficult, if not impossible, to see how this was all going to turn out. God's promises took years, decades even, to come about. How did Abraham, how do we, trust in God when nothing seems to be happening?
"Here, the Lord reiterates His promises to Abraham, only this time with a greater magnitude. Abraham is promised all the land that he can see .. Furthermore, he is promised an innumerable number of descendants to inhabit it. God then urges him to walk through the land. Abraham follows God's directions and responds by building an altar to worship God. It's inspiring to see Abraham get such a powerful and direct promise from God. But for anyone who knows how the rest of the story goes, it's also incredibly frustrating. Abraham had to wait decades until his son Isaac was born.
Anyone reading this story with an honest heart has to ask the question, Why is God so slow, or bad, at keeping His promises? It's not a subject we like to address, but it's one of every one of us as Christians will face in our lives...when will God step in and do something?
If the story of Abraham reminds us of any truth, it's that God's plans are always incomprehensibly larger than our own. God didn't make promises to Abraham because He just wanted to help the guy out. God brought Abraham into an extraordinary epic, the salvation of mankind. God's promises to the single man of Abraham were meant to bring about much more than Abraham could ever imagine - descendants who grew into the nation of Israel, the Israelite who birthed the Son of God, and the Christ who died and rose and will return for his bride, the Church.
God cares for you intimately, but is never thinking only of you. God's plans are always bigger than us, and that is for our ultimate good."
Takeaway from today's lesson: just like Abraham, we will get frustrated when God doesn't seem to be keeping His promises or seems to be silent. But that's okay! The key is how we respond in our frustration. We need, like Abraham, to be patient and understand that God is working on something big and has not forgotten about you.
Prayer: God, thank you for keeping your promises. Please give me the patience and faith to know that You are at work even when I can't see or feel it. Help me to trust in Your ultimate plan for me. Amen.