Lessons Learned from Abraham

Posted by Andrew Groves | Posted in | Posted on Friday, July 02, 2010

Abram said, "Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir." And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: "This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir." And he brought him outside and said, "Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be." And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. - Genesis 15:3-6

This summer has been a roller coaster ride, and it's only halfway done. I won't go into all of the details, but suffice it to say that many aspects of my life have not gone according to plan. My plan. But everything has gone according to God's plan.

You see, between the job search struggles and the relationship woes, the Lord has been reiterating this one simple truth: He is in control. At the beginning of the summer, I accepted a ministry position at Mt. Freedom Baptist Church in Wilmore, Kentucky. I soon learned that our sermon series for the summer would focus on the life of Abraham. Little did I know that the Lord would use these passages of scripture to renew my mind and transform my heart.

Abraham was called out his homeland and told to go to "the land that I will show you." He followed unswervingly, and the Lord made known his promises. Along the way, Abraham made both good and bad choices, and the Lord made known his promises. Even when Abraham doubted God's promises, the Lord showed himself faithful.

There is a lot of uncertainty in my future. I have one more year left at Asbury University before I graduate. Then, after graduation, I'll be searching for a teaching job in the Lexington area. As I look forward to my future, there are many unknowns. How will I find a job? Where will I live? What about grad school? And as I look forward, I long one day to be in a relationship with a woman who knows and loves the Lord Jesus Christ. I long to experience marriage, and I long to experience fatherhood. I pray that I will love my future wife as Christ loves the church, and I pray that as a father, I will emulate the character of my Heavenly Father.

There is a lot of uncertainty, but there is no need to worry. There is no need to fret. The Lord has made known his promises. And if I ever begin to doubt them, all I need to do is walk outside, gaze at the stars, and remember the unchangeable promises of God.

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