Today’s Reading: Genesis 10-12
Today’s Reflection: Genesis 12:1-2
1) Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2) And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing
The nation of Israel began with Abraham (formerly Abram) and the covenant God established with him: “go from your homeland to Canaan, and I will make of you a great people.”
God had a great promise for Abraham’s life, but Abraham had to obey God to claim it. God’s love is unconditional and unearned, but God’s blessings follow obedience. By doing as God instructed, Abraham opened the door for God to richly bless him and make his name great. This in turn allowed Abraham to be a blessing both in his lifetime and to every generation after him, including ours (Genesis 26:4).
God has a promise for your life too. He has a desire to bless you. He has a desire to make your name great—maybe not in terms of this world’s fame or celebrity, but God definitely desires to exalt you in His kingdom. And through this God desires to make you a blessing to others, a reflection of His goodness to a dying world in need of His grace, mercy, forgiveness and love.
To claim your promise all you have to do is obediently follow God’s instructions, just as Abraham did.