Last week we began a new devotional series based on the book Climbing with Abraham by David Ramos. Last week we learned that just as Abraham's story began before his birth and continued after his death (and continues still today), so our story began before we were born and will continue after we die.
Week 2: Read Genesis 12:1-9
"Chapter 12 officially begins Abraham's epic story. He receives a blessing directly from God. He is promised a legacy, a family, and a meaningful purpose. As the verses continue, we see Abraham traveling, adhering to God's direction .. To outsiders, Abraham probably looked like another aimless wanderer .. To God and Abraham, he was beginning the journey of purpose, catching a glimpse of the promises God said He was going to fulfill.
Here, perspective is everything. If we are unclear about what God is doing in our lives (which is usually the case) we can fall prey to the outsider's view of the situation. How did I get here? When is God going to do something? When we find ourselves stuck in situations like these, it's a good idea to go back and read about the lives of the great men and women who came before us, like Abraham - who walked through a land he did not own but was promised, and loved a woman who could not conceive, and trusted a God who would not hurry. You might feel lost or stuck, but you are not. God always fulfills his promises. God always does what is best for God's children. And God always does so according to God's own perfect timeline.
Take Abraham's view and choose to remember that God is at work, that you matter to God, and that you are not just wandering."
Takeaway from today's lesson: My perspective of every situation will either encourage or dishearten my trust in God.
We need to remember that God has a better perspective and trust that God has a better timeline for that perspective to take place in our lives. Spend a few minutes thinking about times in your life when you rushed into a decision - and it turned out badly. Isn't that often the case? We want what WE want and we want it NOW! But often, if we wait, we find we didn't really want that at all or, when we do get it, the waiting and working for it made it all the better. God could have given Abraham a son and the promised land immediately, but God delayed - so that Abraham's faith would mature, so that Abraham's relationship with God would deepen, so that Abraham would learn to lean on God. God is working the same way in you - in all of us - today. Can you begin at least to understand that God has a perspective and that it is better than our own?
Prayer: God, help me to see that you are at work in my life. Give we patience and the right perspective, so that I can have peace and confidence in your promises for me. In Jesus' name, Amen.