One of my pet peeves is the response I often get from Christians when I ask them how they are doing. Before they can even think about it for a millisecond, out of their mouth comes, “Blessed”. It’s not so much that they say it, but how they say it. It is almost as if a projectile has been launched from them and it’s aimed at me! Now I am aware in the American culture that we don’t necessarily want to know every detail when we ask someone how they are doing, but really, do they have to go on the offensive in response to a simple question?
In our text today, we will be looking at the promise of blessing given to one of the patriarchs of Scripture; Abraham. In Genesis 12 we read:
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you. And whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12: 1-3)
So God calls Abraham to leave his land and people to go to a land to be shown by God. There, God will make Abraham into a great nation and bless him. Three blessing promises are given by God, all with the same purpose in mind. In today’s devotional we will discuss the first promise.
First, God will make Abraham into a great nation, a promise tied to the land to which God calls him. It is important to note that the Lord, not Abraham is the dispenser of blessing. Abraham has no exclusive claim on God’s blessing; rather, God has exclusive claim on Abraham and on all those who submit to his God. This will be very important in our understanding of what it means to be blessed. Moreover, it is important to understand that Abraham according to our text, is blessed not only for his sake but for ours.
In Abraham then, God manifests his blessing to him to go to a land to be a blessing, but that is just the beginning. God’s missionary heart is evident as he begins the process of rolling back the kingdom of darkness and seeking his lost creation.
We are indeed blessed; but it’s not so we can tell people how “blessed” we are, it’s to bless others. Tomorrow, we will look at the promise of God to give Abraham a great name.