In his book ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien the main character Bilbo received unexpected guests and more than that, Bilbo is asked to go on an unexpected journey. This journey would be full of danger, and in the end, Bilbo would have to defeat a dragon, not the sort of plan that Bilbo ever intended when he woke up that morning!
Around 1925 BC, at about the time Stonehenge was being constructed, a man called Abraham was living in Ur with his wife Sarah, his nephew Lot, and his father Terah (Genesis 11:31,32). They too were called on a journey they never asked for, a journey that would change their lives forever.
Yesterday evening I listened to our Prime Minister revealing the next phase of the current situation we are facing, one not unlike those mentioned above; a journey we did not expect.
It is fair to say we will not be the same again whatever the outcome. This though should not lead us to discouragement but to encouragement, for our journey(s) in life are planned and purposed by God.
This week we will be looking at Abraham, the man who left all to go somewhere he was not sure of, had his name changed, encountered challenging situations and became the Father of Nations.
Abraham’s life was filled with danger, hope, failure and victory – in fact just like our own lives! Each step of Abraham’s journey required faith and hope in God who had called him.
Notes for Consideration
God had plans for Abraham, so He asked Abraham to leave Haran and his people and go to Canaan (Genesis 12). Abraham and Sarah though were quite elderly and had no children (Genesis 12:4;11:30) – not exactly great prospects! Read Genesis 12:1–3 and answer the questions below:
- What three words would you use to describe the promises God makes to Abraham?
- What was Abraham’s part to be in all this?
- In the unexpected journey you are facing, are you willing to be led by God?
As we look at Abraham’s life this week, we will see a man God chose despite his flaws. They lied, laughed at his promises, then tried to make them come true themselves. But God still chose to use them! Through his obedience, Abraham offered God all he was – flaws and all – and God accepted him, as he was. When we offer ourselves to God, he accepts all we are and is pleased to work with us, to include us in his great plans.
Are you ever guilty of hiding behind your flaws, using them as a reason or excuse for not responding to God’s call?