The One: Experience Jesus | The Faith Adventure
“Abraham believed God and trusted in His promises, so God counted it to his favour as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6
The Bible is filled with people who, though they lived thousands of years ago, are still so relatable in their response to the circumstances of life. That’s one of the many benefits of reading the Bible, it gives us hope when we make mistakes, and it also encourages us to trust in God’s plan and purposes in our lives. He is the same God today as the one we see in the Bible, and every life matters to Him.
There are two sides to a relationship, and the Genesis story teaches us about the nature and ways of God and of man. Firstly, God’s grace is radical. He gives first. We see a parallel of God’s generosity in how he blessed Abraham to how He blesses us. We have been made heirs through what Jesus did for us on the cross, and like Abraham, all we have to do is put our trust and faith in Him to leave our past behind and enter into a new future.
“Eternal One: Abram, get up and go! Leave your country. Leave your relatives and your father’s home, and travel to the land I will show you. Don’t worry—I will guide you there. I have plans to make a great people from your descendants. And I am going to put a special blessing on you and cause your reputation to grow so that you will become a blessing and example to others. I will also bless those who bless you and further you in your journey, and I’ll trip up those who try to trip you along the way. Through your descendants, all of the families of the earth will find their blessing in you.” Genesis 12:1-3 - The Voice
Talk about an unbelievable promise, if God spoke to me like that, I’d say “but why? What have I done to deserve this amazing privilege?” The similarity to the grace we receive when we first trust in the promise of God is obvious. God says to us, leave that old country (our past lives) and move to a new country of grace. You’re now heirs, your family is going to be blessed for generations as I guide you. We get to enter into a friendship with our creator through faith; it’s a promise so generous we can struggle to comprehend the implications to our lives.
Relationships are forged over time, through seasons and adventures, as we open our hearts and lives to the promises of God. His heart is towards us, our “why?” and “I don’t deserve this” turn into praise and thanksgiving. Like Abraham, we’re going to try and take control from time to time, and fail. But as we looked at in Chapter One, we need to know that He called us first and has now placed a promise on our lives that we’ve not earned, we just need to learn to receive it everyday.
Q. Have you had to leave something behind, and trust God in where he’s leading you to go? What has he taught you about his nature?
Q. How is faith a gift of God? Can you explain how faith is learned through relationship rather than developed solely by logic?
Q. What difficult things have you faced that you can say God had a reason (for good) for brining these difficulties into your life?
Spend a few minutes thinking about the people in your life, whether it’s at home, at work or a neighbor. Do you know of a need they have that you could meet and be a “blessing and example to others”?
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