Daily Devotional

 ‘Then the Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.”’ Genesis 13:14-16

EYES ON THE PRIZE

Imagine – Abraham is standing outside, a good distance from his tents. Eyes downcast, he starts kicking the dust with his foot. Feeling the heavy weight of responsibility for his family, Abraham is discouraged. He’s possibly thinking – “Is this really the right way? Was I really hearing from God all this time? He’s been silent an awfully long time.”

Suddenly, God speaks – “Lift up your eyes…” God reaffirms His promises over the life of Abraham. Promises so great, it’s humanly impossible. Promises only God can accomplish. Have you ever identified with Abraham? Struggling to believe? And yet, somehow he continued to walk in faith.

Abraham believed. He believed before there was a written Word of God, before there were churches, before there were pastors and small groups to pray with and discuss such a life changing step of faith. Deep down, Abraham simply believed.

I think in his gut Abraham knew that what he was being asked required God to do something incredible. Something so much bigger than himself. And I think that adventure, that excitement, that desire to know the things of God made the things of this world pale in comparison.

Look at your life. What would your life look like if you had faith like Abraham? If you really believed the promises in God’s Word for you? If you believed that you were a small part in a much bigger story? Remember, we have a huge advantage here over Abraham. We have the written word of God, the Bible, filled with God’s promises to us.

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” Trusting Jesus means choosing to be part of something bigger, something eternal. Just like Abraham, trusting Jesus means choosing to play a small part in a much bigger story. Will you play that small part? Because it’ll be really big for you.

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