God told Abraham to leave all that he knew and to move somewhere new. God promised to bless Abraham – and to bless all the families of the earth through him.
After some time, Abraham heard the promise again. In fact, as you read through the Bible, you’ll discover that God keeps repeating the promise over and over and over.
It’s probably not that God is forgetful, right?
The most likely reason for all the repetition is that as the years went by and Abraham and Sarah didn’t see any evidence of God’s promise coming true, they started to wonder and doubt and forget.
If you want to read about this for yourself, you can see God’s promise stated in Genesis 12:1-3, then repeated in Genesis 12:7, 13:14-17, 15:4-20, 17:1-22, and 22:16-18.
We can remember, but often we don’t. We often forget God’s promises, God’s goodness, God’s trustworthiness.
What are some things God has promised that you haven’t seen evidence for in your life (at least so far)?
God, thank you that we can trust you. Help us to remember all you have done in the past so we can praise you in the present and trust you in the future. Thank you. Amen.
Psalm 18:30b (NRSV)
The promise of the Lord proves true.
If someone asked, “How has God helped you over the course of your lifetime?” it’s possible that nothing would come to mind at first.
But if you kept asking yourself the question, eventually you would think of an answer.
If you persisted after that, eventually you could think of a second way God has helped you. Eventually. If you’re out of practice answering this question, it might take quite a bit of effort to unbury just one or two memories. But if you keep persisting, you will be surprised at how many memories you have of how much God has blessed you. And the more you ask yourself the question, the more you will remember.
This habit of reminding ourselves of the many ways God has blessed us is very helpful, and we’ll see many ways it brings blessing over the course of the next two weeks. So you might start your list today and keep adding to it as memories come to mind: How has God helped you over the course of your lifetime?
Keeping this list will bring blessings that will surprise you.
God, thank you that you help us to remember the many ways you have blessed us. Bring to mind things that we have forgotten, and help us to give you the praise you deserve. Thank you! Amen.
Psalm 77:11-12 (NRSV)
I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD;
I will remember your wonders of old.
I will meditate on all your work,
and muse on your mighty deeds.