Believing God’s Promises

“Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12

How is it that Abraham, the father of all who worship the one true God, first encountered Him. The city of Ur of the Chaldeans was a Hammite city founded by Ham, the brother of Shem and Japeth, sons of Noah. Tradition dictates that these Shemites were tent dwellers and would not therefore have been resident of Ur but would havve pitched their tents in the vicinity of that pagan city. That area, even today, is a green verdure bound by a sea of lifeless desert.

Joshua tells us that Abraham’s father Terah worshiped the pagan idols (Joshua 24:2), so it isn’t a stretch to deduce that along the line of four hundred years following the great flood, not only were the Hammites worshiping ‘other’ gods, but so were the Shemmites. Where did Abram encounter the one true God?  Scripture doesn’t reveal that, but it is again no stretch to propose that Abram had some access to  the history of his clan and chose to believe in the God who had allowed mankind to survive based on the faithfulness of his grand patriarch, Noah. Just as God sought out Noah to be the champion of mankind at that time, He now chooses Abram to parent His chosen nation.

There is again much left to imagination and supposition, but putting particulars aside, we are left with the truth that, per scripture, God reveals Himself only to Abram since Noah. Just as God was silent from Malachi to John for 400 years, so now once again has come the time to choose His ambassador. And so the question mght be asked – Why Abram? Given his surroundings, the contemporary ideology, the religiosity of his family and  peers – how did Abram ever come to not only know God, but to trust Him completely?

We don’t know – but we do know that when God lays His Holy hand on you there is no capitulation – there’s no “I’ll think about it” attitude.

When God calls you there is no negotiation. We do not ask how or where. We do not ask – we only obey.

As we surrender ourselves to God, He instills in us a trust beyond measure. When Abram’s father, Terah, died in Haran, he moves blindly on to Canaan. Abram comes to where he is not welcome, but he is not conquered. Have you ever found yourself resident in a neighborhood where you felt unwelcome? Did you find that your workplace is  in Samaria?

As we trust in the Lord we find that we are able to anticipate that He will take us through all the valleys we face. All He asks of us is that we TRUST Him.

Where Abraham found his faith in God we aren’t told. It could be just as mysterious as the faith you found, but just as profound. Scripture promises again and again that as we trust God, as we put our ultimate faith in Him, He will reward us with a home in heaven with Him.

Seems to me like a no-brainer bargain.

May the Lord God bless you and yours, and may you be a blessing to others around you.

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