November 30th - Day 4 | Promises: An Advent Family Devotional
“1 Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and from your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” - Genesis 12:1-3
“9 And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you have ransomed people for God from every trive and language and people and nation, “ - Revelation 7:9
Has anyone ever told you something that sounded too good to be true?
Maybe it was the claims of an owner trying to sell their used car, “This vehicle was only driven to the grocery store once a week, and to church on Sundays, of course.” Maybe it was the flirtation of someone in your dating years, “I’m a good guy. I’m really looking for someone to settle down with and build a life.
I like long walks on the beach and reading poetry. My worst quality is that I care too deeply.” Maybe it was the lure of a new job promising better benefits or a more festive atmosphere. Maybe it was a friend who promised they would pay you back, with interest no less. You know the old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
If Abraham were writing about his first encounter with God and the promises made, he would say, “If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably God.” God sought out a relationship with a man who wasn’t seeking Him. He promised if Abram would follow Him to a new land, He would bless him and bless the whole world through him. Abraham believed God and stepped out in obedience to follow a new path, leaving everything behind to go wherever God led him.
When we step out in faith through obedience, God promises to lead the way and make a way. He did both for Abraham, leading him to a new land and giving him a son when all hope of the promise seemed lost. As you hang your ornament, remember, as you follow God, He will always lead the way and make a way!