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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 5/Heroes: Abraham

When it comes to any journey of faith there is a call to move from “here” to “there.” “Here” is the known. It is where you are. “There” is the unknown. It is where you are not. Hebrews 11:1-2 “ Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” Unfortunately, fear likes to come along side faith and cast doubt. You know what “here” looks like. It could be great. It could be awful. “There” could be greater but it could also be worse. Much worse.

Abram went to the place where God told him to go. But a famine came and he had to travel to Egypt. Because Sarai was beautiful she would draw interest from the kings. If she had a husband, Abram was as good as dead. On the other hand, If he were her brother, then they would treat him well to curry his favor while taking Sarai. Instead of trusting that God would protect him in a foreign land he told everyone that Sarai was his sister. In this first place a plague hit the Pharaoh’s house because he took another man’s wife and not just any man, Abram, the one God blessed. He left Abram and Sarai alone. Not exactly what you might expect from the guy who was God’s “guy.”

But stop and think about the times when you found yourself in the battle “Faith v. Fear.” What happened? Did you lose sleep because of fear? Did you have peace because of faith? Were you aggressive to protect yourself or did you calmly let God’s timing work? Did you game plan to get what you want or did you rely on the Holy Spirit to deal with things and give you words? I wish I could say I have always had faith. Sometimes you wonder if you just ruined everything. The good news I see in the story of Abaham is that God doesn’t work like that. God doesn’t toss you to the side at the first sign of failure (Or even the 2nd, Abraham would do this at least once more and hints at other times.) He works with you and grows you and his promise to you is still true.

Scripture

Genesis 12:10-20, Genesis 20:1-18

Prayer

Father, give me strength to live boldly as you called me to live. Teach me when I fail and give in to fear. Thank you for never giving up on me. In Jesus’ name, amen.