You Will Be a Blessing

Devotional for Today, October 17, 2018

“‘...I will bless you… and you will be a blessing.’” (Genesis 12:2 NIV)

God told Abraham, the father of all who believe, to leave his country and go to the land he would show him.  This was an old man with a barren wife, yet God told him that he would bless him so that he, in turn, could be a blessing.  You can’t be a blessing to someone else unless you are blessed by God, because you can’t pass on something you don’t have.

Here’s the amazing thing:  God had all of this in store for Abraham, yet Abraham wasn’t looking for God; it was God who was looking for Abraham!  In some moment we don’t know about, God had said to Abraham, “Go.”  Think of it:  Abraham wasn’t a man of prayer; in fact, he was an idolater.  He and his ancestors bowed down to stones and figures of wood.  Yet God mysteriously and sovereignly came to this man and said, “I’m going to change you.  There is something better for you.  I’m going to bless you in ways you can’t imagine.  I’m going to lift you so that you can bless others.  Will you trust me?”  And he said this, not because of anything in Abraham, but because of who God is!

God is saying the same to all of us today.  If you haven’t come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, don’t you know God is speaking to you?  Don’t you hear it through a song, through a sermon, through a still, small voice in your heart, saying, “I have something better for you; I have peace; I have joy instead of your depression”?  He’s saying, “You may not be looking for me, but I am looking for you!”  Those of us serving God also have to ask ourselves, “Aren’t we serving him because he went looking for us?”  But he has more.  He’s telling us today, “I’m not done with you yet. You have a long way to go.  I want to change you... if you trust me; not if you try harder. I want to bless you with blessings you don’t know about.”  The unfathomable love of God causes him to say this to us at our weakest moments.  When we’ve hated ourselves because of some failure, he comes and lifts us up with his love and his exceedingly great promises.  And as he blesses us, he also makes us a blessing to others.

Let’s pray: Lord, thank you for loving us so much, and for coming after us when we were not looking for you.  You’re the lover of our souls—so patient and so kind.  We don’t deserve any of your blessings, for you know who we really are.  Thank you for your mercy.  Today we put our hand in your hand.  We want you to lead us where you want us to go just as you led Abraham—to a place of blessing, of freedom, of transformation; a place where we can be a blessing to others.  Abraham saw it by faith, and so will we. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Read Genesis 12:1-3.

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