Road Trip Sermon Series Week #2 Devotional
June 4, 2018
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The word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.
But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Do you have a favorite Road Trip song? I’m pretty sure “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey would be at the top of Abraham’s list. Abraham’s life can be summarized by the tests that he faced and the faithfulness of God in the midst of less than promising circumstances.
In Genesis 12, at the age of 75 years old, God calls Abram to leave everything he knows behind and start over. God gives him the name Abraham, meaning “father of many nations”. But there is a problem. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, aren’t able to have kids. The circumstances just don’t add up.
Then, in Genesis 15, God takes him out at night and says, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.”
Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Then it says, simply, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. “
Although things just didn’t seem to be working out, Abraham believed God. This doesn’t mean he didn’t have doubts. I wonder how often he questioned whether he understood God correctly.
He believed God would do what God said. God said it. So Abraham took him at His word. Whether or not the circumstances seemed to validate it, Abraham believed God and built his life upon the promise God made.
Believing God is true righteousness. Righteousness is right relationship with God and one another. Abraham’s faithfulness is the first step in the reversal of the curse – the curse that led to exile when, back in the Garden of Eden, the serpent asks the first humans, “Did God really say…?”
What is it in our human nature that causes us to question God’s faithfulness?
Really, the story of Abraham’s life is even more about God’s faithfulness than Abraham’s faith. If you pay attention to the details, there are many times when Abraham is anything but a hero of the faith. We want to make our Bible characters heroes of the faith, but the reality is they are a lot more like us. We find them struggling between moments of failure and moments of faithfulness.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Have you ever struggled to trust God because of the circumstances which challenged your faith only to later realize that God was with you in ways you weren’t aware?
- In what ways might God be calling you to trust Him more? Is there anything in your life that you haven’t fully trusted God to handle?
- How can you encourage others who may be in a crisis of faith? How can you help them see God’s faithfulness?