‘…and he (Abraham) believed in the Lord…’ Genesis 15:6
Abraham came from a land of idol worshippers. He was the first in his family to serve the true God. To do that, he had to overcome his background, his training and the opinions of those around him. In obedience to a God he didn’t fully know, he had to leave the security of home and head for a destination he couldn’t describe to anyone.
Did he have flaws and weaknesses? Certainly— find someone who hasn’t. Did he make mistakes? Yes, big ones! But it is surprising what God will do for, and through a man or woman who will trust in, rely on and remain committed to Him.
One word sums up how Abraham served God: ‘wholeheartedly’.
God made a covenant with Abraham promising him fame, wealth, long life, protection, and a miracle child in his old age.
Tracking Abraham would have been easy because everywhere he went, he built an altar to God. There are several recorded in Scripture, the most famous being the one on which he obediently laid his son Isaac. There was nothing and no one Abraham loved more than God. And what God did for Abraham, He is willing to do for you and all who will serve Him wholeheartedly. He will cause people to look at you and say, ‘That man, that woman, serves a God who really cares about them; nobody else could make those things happen in their life.’
The blessing of God is what we get in exchange for wholehearted devotion: a small price to pay!
(excerpt from ‘The Word for Today’)