January 21, 2019
DAY 23: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verse For Today: Genesis 15:6
The focus verse for today is Genesis 15:6:
6Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6, NIV)
Here we are studying an Old Testament Book, studying the life of a Biblical legend of the Old Testament, and he, Abram, is described as a man of faith, and further described as his belief in God’s promises counted as righteousness. Too often people think of the Old Testament as a book of rules through which you earn salvation. This is not true. Abram was called to be the father of a great nation. The great nation he fathered: Israel!
In Genesis chapter 12, the Lord tells Abram to leave his home in Harran leaving all behind that he knew. Abram was seventy-five years old. He did not question the Lord. He put together the things he was taking with him and set out for a strange land. He didn’t question God’s direction. He got his things together and left. He didn’t know where he was going. He put together the things he was taking with him and left. Are you getting it? He put together his things and left. He believed in God’s promise.
In Genesis chapter 12, as Abram was traveling to the promised land, a famine strikes the land and Abram is forced to detour to Egypt where they have food. Nothing indicates that Abram doubted God’s promise while in Egypt. He continued to believe in God’s promise waiting for the opportunity to leave Egypt for the land God had promised.
In chapter 13 Abram and Lot’s, (Abram’s nephew who was traveling with him) herdsmen could not get along. To avoid further conflict, Abram and Lot separated. Abram gave Lot the choice of land where Lot would settle with his herds. Abram, although entitled to make the selection, decided to accept what Lot had not selected. Lot picked what appeared to be the best land near the City of Sodom. In the Bible, things are not always as they seem. It is important to understand what cannot be seen with mere human eyes. Abram and Lot settled their respective lands and lived as neighbors in peace.
In Chapter 14 Lot, his family, servants and all of his possessions are taken captive by the three kings that waged war against Sodom. Abram rescues Lot, his family, servants, and all of Lot’s possessions. Lot returns to Sodom. Take out your journal, take a few minutes to think about this, what is going on here? Not the obvious: the message God is giving. In rescuing Lot, Abram also rescued the King of Sodom. Why did Abram refuse the King of Sodom’s gift? Who is Melchizedek king of Salem? Why did Abram give Melchizedek a gift?
In Chapter 15 God covenants with Abram to give to Abram’s descendant’s the land described in verses 18 and 19 and 20. In the eyes of man, this was a problem because Abram’s wife Sarai, was past child bearing years. More to come on this subject in later chapters. Regardless of what appeared impossible: Abram believed God.
Our focus verse for today is about believing God. “Abram’s belief was counted as righteousness to him.” (Genesis 15:6, NIV)
Belief and obedience go together. Obedience to what a person believes confirms their belief. In chapter 12, Abram was directed by God to a new land. In chapter 13, Abram allowed Lot to select the land he wanted to settle, believing God would provide for his needs. In chapter 14, Abram refused the gift’s offered by the King of Sodom because it would violate his promises to God and legitimize a kingdom that reveled in sin. In chapter 15, Abram believed God would deliver to him and his descendant’s all that God had promised. Abram’s life reflected what he believed. Abram was obedient to his belief.
Before you consider the remainder of this paragraph: Take a moment to pray. Ask God to allow you to see yourself as you truly are. The way He, God, sees you. Ask Him to give you the courage to respond to the very next sentence and those that follow with total honesty and candor. This is a hard one: open your journal and describe how you live your daily life. Be honest! Be totally honest! This is a true reflection of what you believe. Do you like it? You don’t! Do not fear! Jesus has come to rescue you. Now thank God for helping you though this exercise and ask Him for help redirect your life, as a believer, that you may serve Him obediently.
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