Do you remember the song “Father Abraham”? You may have sung it as a child at home or in Sunday School. You repeat it several times while marching around the room swinging one body part, then add another, and another, until you got to the last round and you shout “sit down!”at the end.
“Father Abraham had many sons
Many sons had Father Abraham
I am one of them
And so are you
So let's just praise the Lord”*
It’s a great song to help kids get some energy out, but it also reminds them that we are to praise the Lord.
God called me to move from a familiar place where I had friends, professional connections, and a loving church family. Like Abram, I made the choice to follow God’s instructions, putting my trust in Him to start anew. Praying, praising, and worshiping Him throughout the entire process.
In Genesis 12:1-9, God calls Abram to move his family from his father’s land to an unknown land God will show him. Abram has no clue where he is going, or what God’s plan is for him, but in the text, we are told that Abram builds two alters (verses 7 and 8). Despite the unknown, Abram continues to worship God.
The Challenge of Worship
Abraham is challenged to worship God in the unknown over and over again in Genesis. God promises Abram an heir in his old age (Genesis 17:16-20). At first Abram laughs at God, not believing that it is possible for his wife to have a child in her old age, but God has other plans.
In Genesis 22, Abraham is tested again. God instructs Abraham to take his son Isaac and sacrifice him as a burnt offering. Abraham obeys God, taking his only son to a place where God leads them. Isaac questions his father, asking where the lamb is for the burnt offering. Abraham tells Isaac that God will provide the lamb to be sacrificed, knowing that he must obey God in sacrificing his son, but wait! Abraham’s faith and obedience is seen and Isaac’s life is spared and a ram in provided for the sacrifice! How much faith and trust Abraham had in God, still worshiping despite the unknown.
We are to follow in Abraham’s footsteps, trusting, obeying, and worshiping God in times of unknown. It’s not an easy task. Trust me, I know. I’m one who likes to be in control of the various situations I face at work and my personal life. Not knowing is scary. I like to have a plan. I like to know what’s happening next, but in life we face many challenges and are faced with many unknown circumstances.
My prayer is that we all have the faith of Abraham, and that we worship God through the good, the bad, and the unknown.
See You In The Round,
* "Father Abraham had many kids", arr. by Joyce Borger, © 2006, Faith Alive Christian Resources