Welcome to our study of ‘God’s Unbroken Promises through the story of Abraham’!
As we jump into Scripture beginning at Genesis 12, we should remember one key point. The story about Abraham is really all about God. Abraham actually takes a supporting role in his own story. Our almighty God is the main character.
Abraham’s story opens with God.
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go…”
Genesis 12:1a, emphasis mine
Abraham’s story ends with God.
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
Abraham’s story is our story.
I hope we find ourselves in the story of Abraham. We will take a journey into the world of a man who loves his Lord, obeys in the unknown, worships in pain, sacrifices, takes matters into his own hands, doubts God, and struggles relationally.
Before we get into the adventures of Abraham, let’s zoom in on how it all started. God said, “Go” (Genesis 12:1).
What does it mean for someone to hear from God? Did Abram hear the audible voice of God commanding him to leave his homeland and travel into the unknown? Does God speak plainly today?
Whether or not Abram heard God audibly, one thing is certain. Abram recognized the voice of God and followed His command.
JI Packer describes how we can recognize God’s call:
- Through His Word. This is the primary tool given to us to hear from God today. The tragedy is that many of His followers look to other sources besides the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
- Through Prayer. Scripture says to pray all the time without stopping (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is a gift from God that we can utilize at any moment. Our prayers can be of praise, love, lament, for others, repentance, and so much more. Through prayer, we remember that God is sovereign over all things.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
- Through mature believers. The community of believers is another amazing gift given to us by God. He uses the body to encourage, teach, and challenge each other in Christ.
1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
- Through circumstances. Because our God is Lord over all things, He can and does line up our lives in such a way to guide us (See Moses’ story in Exodus). However, we must remember that God does not ONLY speak through circumstances.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Thank You for giving us Your Holy Word, that was breathed out by You for our benefit. Please guide us as we seek to learn more of YOU through the story of Abraham. I pray that You will use this study to bring glory to Yourself, convict of sin, bring us to repentance, and deepen our understanding of Your Son.
How should you seek to hear from God today? What is He calling you to do?
See You In The Round,
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