“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” – Job 8:21

Abraham: Part 1

Now believe it or not, my inspiration for this post came from history class.  That’s right, history.  You see, we are studying ancient civilizations and using the Bible as our guide.  Last week we were doing a study with Abraham as our focus.  As I was doing the assigned reading in Genesis, I was struck by how many things Abraham did wrong!  He lied about his wife being his sister…twice.  He tried to force God’s promise of a son to come true on his own, and he didn’t act as the leader of his house to end the disputes between Sarah and her servant, Hagar.

Yet even though Abraham acted wrongly, God was still faithful to bring about his promise.  Abraham’s waywardness didn’t change God’s plan for him. Isn’t that amazing!  When God calls someone, he doesn’t give up on them no matter what they do.

I was amazed when God showed me that.  It is so freeing to know that God will bring about his plan even when I mess up.  He has a goal at the end of this, and since He is who He says He is, I can be sure that he will accomplish it.  My concern is only to follow his direction for my life as best as I can.

Like Abraham, God called you when He drew you to himself.  Follow his direction even in the smallest things.  Don’t despair when something seems to go wrong because God is powerful enough to use it to his glory.

As a note, this is not to say that sinning is okay.  The Bible makes it very clear that God hates sin.  There are natural consequences for sin that are unavoidable. But at the same time, God loves his people and uses even our mistakes for himself.

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