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Genesis 12:1–3 ‘I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you…’ (v2)

Abraham has no scriptures from the past that would tell him that the voice that called him to go was in any way reliable. We’re not told that he was necessarily seeking a move. Historians suggest that Ur was a reasonably pleasant city in its day.

The command from God is especially strange because he is being promised a great
nation and blessing and land. The text reminds us that he seems too old to have any family, which made a nation out of the question.

He doesn’t know whether this voice can make good on His promise to be a blessing, or indeed for his enemies to do badly, and the idea the nations of the world will be blessed through him seems utterly fanciful.

But God is putting into motion the next part of His redemptive process, and this will set the tone for the Old Testament and on into the New. It won’t be until the New Testament, but the full meaning of all peoples on earth being blessed will be understood in the light of Jesus.

The way God’s promise is fulfilled has a powerful impact upon us when we realise that God’s promises to us are similarly powerful. God’s Word will be fulfilled in you. God is with you, on your side and has good purposes planned for you. How can it not be? You are a part of Him furthering His purposes wherever He has called you to be. Your role is to stay calm and trust Him to show you the part you need to play.


A Prayer To Make:
‘Thank You, Lord, that we can rely on the wonderful things You say to us. What an amazing God You are and how firm and sure are Your promises. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
See if you can discover how many promises of God there are in the Bible. How many have been fulfilled? How many are yet to come?

Scripture To Consider:
Ps. 106; Josh. 23:1–16; 2 Cor. 1:19–21; 2 Pet. 1:1–4

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.