Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Genesis 12-13.
“The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.” Genesis 12:1-4, CSB
The call of Abram (whose name would eventually become Abraham) begins to move us into part of the story of Scripture where God establishes a covenant with His people and displays His faithfulness to them. God is the main character throughout the story of Scripture and we definitely see that to be true here. God initiates the conversation with Abram and gives him the command to leave his home to go to a far country. God is the giver of the promise to make Abram a great nation, bless Abram, make his name great, and make him a blessing to others. Genesis 12:1-3 is very good news.
God’s good news is counter-cultural.
This good news is counter-cultural. It comes at a time where nations are waging war against each other. We also know that a sinful humanity deserves death and wrath, but God is promising a blessing! God is promising that His people would be a blessing to others. This is a huge moment in the history of the world. Do you feel the weight of what happened in these verses? Do you feel the impact of what God has said to Abram?
God’s counter-cultural good news to Abram is the same good news that transforms the life of everyone who follows Jesus.
Abram was obedient to God’s command but immediately displays his own sin and deception. Abraham also shows himself to be a reflection of God’s peace. He becomes a peacemaker between his family and Lot’s family. There isn’t enough land for them to be together, so he gives Lot the first choice. Ultimately Jesus is the One who left His home to go to the far country of earth to be a blessing to humanity. Ultimately Jesus is the greatest peacemaker. When we were separated from God because of our sin, Jesus sacrificed His life so that we could know Him! We deserve death and the wrath of God, but only through Jesus can we receive the blessing of life. Because God used someone like Abram, God can use you! What “far country” is God calling you too? What is He commanding you to do that will require you to trust in His great faithfulness?