God’s ability is best demonstrated in the broken vessels He employs to carry out his will. There was nothing about this family that set them apart from any other family on earth, other than they were chosen of God. From obscurity a character and a family would arise through whom the whole world would be blessed. The life of faith begins here, in the most unlikely of places.
Without any of the advantages and history enjoyed by the modern person, an elderly man accepted the call from an otherwise forgotten God, and stepped out in a radical act of faith. Without knowing where he was going Abram left all that he had known and the security he enjoyed, to embrace a God he did not know. The life of faith does not need all the answers, but takes God at His word.
Genesis 12:10-20; 20:1-18
While we are being perfected in the life of faith, none of us will be perfect. In those moments we take our eyes of God; stop up our ears or fail to seek His face, it is easy for us to slip into devices of our own fallen nature. Thankfully, God demonstrates grace when the life of faith fails.
There are times when what we cannot do leads us into placing limitations on what God can do. The laughter of Sarah captures for us a moment one of those moments of doubt, when the reality of our circumstance causes us to think foolish the possibilities offered by
God. When the life of faith has moments of doubt, God will have the last laugh.
A lot of problems (pun intended) begin when we look to things other than God for our livelihood. The lure of the world draw us, offering ease and comfort; riches and abundance, however, often times it is but a baited hook. Whereas Abraham becomes for us the poster child of the life of faith; Lot will become the poster child for the life of folly. If only he had learned, as Abram had learned in Egypt, that the life of faith relies on God.
Scripture records the ongoing conflict between two kingdoms, one celebrating conquest, power and strength - a world of rampant taking and enslaving; a world that seeks its own glory. The other is a world in which one rises through humility, were one receives by giving, and were the only glory being sought is the glory of God. These world collide here for the first time and Abram is offered a glimpse of which world will, in the end, be victorious.
These stories told by Jesus are filled with controversy, shock and wonder. They have been told and retold time and again, yet they have never lost their charm, nor their stinging assault on the conventions of the day. Beginning August 2020 we will revisit the parables of Jesus, and probing and reflecting on how they inform and challenge our modern perspectives.
August 2 - The Good Samaritan
August 9 - The Prodigal Son
August 16 - The Shrewd Manager
August 23 - The Rich Man and Lazarus
August 30 - The Persistent Widow
Territorial Commander: Commissioner Floyd Tidd
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