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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 5/Heroes: Abraham

I remember sitting in the movie theater with my parents in 1995 watching the latest Disney “cartoon” which turned out to be revolutionary and evolutionary in animation and storytelling. The movie was “Toy Story.” I was introduced to the phrase, “To infinity and beyond!” (Yes, I eagerly went to see Toy Story 4 last weekend with the family.) I also remember in the middle of the movie a flame appearing on the screen as the projector burned the film. Today, most films, especially animations, are shot on digital film. No more fire at the theater. “To infinity and beyond!” Was a grand vision but not one without bumps and obstacles in the way. It was heartbreaking watching Buzz Lightyear realize that not only was he a “toy” but he was “not a flying toy.” His dream was impossible.

God told Adam and Eve to be “fruitful and multiply.” They did that and so did every generation to follow them. Until we get to Abram. The dream of “to infinity and beyond” had a major stumbling block. He was old and his wife, Sarai, was barren. He had everything else in the world except for children. Names were given to children as a way of expressing a parents hopes and dreams for their child. Abram means “exalted father.” What once was a dream had turned into a joke. Then one day, the Lord pulled him aside and told him pack up his things, leave his family, and go to the land where his descendants would fill it and bless the world.

I’m sure there may have been a moment where Abram looked at himself and Sarai and said, “Impossible.” But they didn’t follow their logic. They put their faith in the promise of God. They moved. When presented with a promise from God, we are often tempted to look at our circumstances, do a quick calculation, and say, “Nope. He’s not talking to me. I have nothing to offer.” Remember Abraham and trust his promise.


Genesis 11:27-12:9


Father, Your Word is filled with promises. My mind is filled with doubts. Help me to trust you instead of my limited perspective. Give us the courage to follow even when we can’t see the next steps.