Adventures in Faith with Abraham – Episode 5

Quiet Time Coaching Episode 262

Would you like to learn more about faith? You’ve come to the right person. No, not me, Abraham. This is a daily devotional podcast supporting a teaching series for the Watford church of Christ and the Thames Valley churches of Christ called “Adventures in faith with Abraham”. It is also part of my quiet time coaching series.

What is it about Abraham which is so admirable? Many things. But perhaps above all else his adventurous faith, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8 NIV11)

Join me as we step out on a faith adventure with Abraham.

Episode 5

Today we begin the narrative about Abraham specifically.

“Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives, And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”” (Genesis 12:1–3 NAS95)

What are we seeing here? A human being chosen by God to be part of his plan to heal humankind. The emphasis is blessing. The initiative is God’s. The results are far beyond what any human being could manufacture, control or even dream.

The blessings pile up one upon another. Indeed, blessings are a hallmark of Genesis. 80 times they are mentioned in Genesis, while the rest of the Old Testament contains only another 310 references to blessings. Right at the beginning of his word God wants us to understand something very significant – he is for us, he is on our side, he has our best interests at heart.

Devotional thought for today

God loves to talk to his people and bless them. That is why he sent Jesus. His overwhelming desire is for us to be in a state of blessed connection with him and each other.

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me. Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 12:26; 14:23; 16:23 NIV11)

What difference would it make if you spent some time today consciously accepting God’s love for you? Perhaps you could pray through these scriptures from the Gospel of John. What would change in your day if you fully trusted that God honoured you, loved you and would give you whatever you ask in the name of Jesus?

Prayer point for today

Ask God for the confidence to trust that he wants to speak to you and bless you

If you have any questions or feedback please contact me: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

The apostle Paul said of Abraham, “He is the father of us all.” (Romans 4:16 NIV11) Let’s allow him to be the father of Faith to you and me in January and February 2021.

Many thanks for listening today. See you tomorrow as we continue our adventure of faith with Abraham.

Take care and God bless, Malcolm