THE STORY DEVOTIONAL #2: ABRAHAM – GOD BUILDS A NATION
“And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.” (Genesis 17:7).
We discovered in the story of creation that God created human beings because He wanted to have a relationship with us. However, because Adam and Eve sinned, mankind inherited a sin nature that was passed down from generation to generation.
“God decided the best way to continue his grand vision of community with us was to establish a nation, a special group of related, like-minded people intent on knowing God as much as he wanted to know them. Through this specially chosen nation, God would reveal himself to everyone and offer a plan that would try to draw people back into a relationship with him.” (Randy Frazee, The Heart of the Story).
And so in Genesis chapter twelve, God finds a man named Abraham and calls him and his wife Sarah to leave his homeland for a new country. The Bible tells us, “By faith Abraham obeyed… And he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8). That’s faith!
Along the journey, God gave Abraham an amazing promise and told him that he would have as many descendants as the stars in the sky. The only problem? Abraham and Sarah were childless, he was 99 years old, and she was 89! However, with God, all things are possible.
Sure enough, true to His word, Sarah conceived and gave birth to a son whom they named Isaac (which means laughter). But then came God’s greatest test: He asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Surprisingly, Abraham was willing to obey God, proving that he trusted God completely. Of course God didn’t allow Abraham to sacrifice his son; instead, he provided a ram for him to sacrifice. What a great foreshadowing of how many years later, God would sacrifice his one and only son – Jesus – on that same hill.
THE STORY BIBLE READING FOR THIS WEEK:
Genesis 12-13;15-17;21-22;32-33;35; Romans 4; Hebrews 11