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Genesis 12-14; Psalm 5

One of the things that amazes me most about the story of Abraham (first called Abram) is his complete faith to just go. Leave your house and go to a land I will show you. I think of how hard it would be for me to convince my wife to just pick up everything and move.

“Where we going?”

“I don’t know. God hasn’t told me yet. We’re just going until He says stop.”

And then she’d hit me. Not that she doesn’t have faith, she just might doubt that I heard we are to just pick up all of out things and family and just go.

But because of Abraham’s faithfulness you see how God blesses him. He is blessed with livestock and servants. When Abraham has to go to war to rescue Lot, God grants him victory over his enemies. In response what does Abraham do, he gives God a tenth of all the spoils from war.

The one thing I can’t ever wrap my mind around is that God even blesses Abraham when he is less than honest to Pharaoh. “Sarah, tell him your my sister, because technically it is half true.” (They had the same father but different mothers.) We know that Sarah was his wife. Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem, yet before anything physical could happen God strikes Pharaoh’s household with a plague. Pharaoh kicks Abraham out of Egypt, but not before he is given the first “golden parachute” of livestock and servants. Abraham went home quite rich.

With the same faith that Abraham displayed leaving his home to go to a land that God would show him, David prays “I will never pray to anyone but you… Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly… you take no pleasure in wickedness; you cannot tolerate the slightest sin… Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; with deepest awe I will worship at your Temple.”

You can hear David’s dependence upon God. He knows where his strength is found. He finishes the psalm saying “let all who take refuge in you rejoice… Protect them so all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord, surrounding them with your shield of love.”

God blesses those whose hearts are fully after Him. He provides for them and protects them. May today we display the kind of faith that Abraham and David had.

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~ by mikefoster on January 8, 2016.

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