Day Two: The first step – God’s initiative

Genesis 12:1-4a (NIV)
The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
So Abram went, as the LORD had told him…

“First there is the divine imperative, “Go!” (v. 1). Then comes the divine promise, “I will” (vv. 2-3). Then follows the human response, “so Abram went” (v. 4). The entire intent of the passage would have been changed radically had v. 4 preceded vv. 2-3. If it had, then the promises could only be read as a result of Abraham’s obedience. The divine word then would have been reduced from an initiating word to a responding word.” [Victor Hamilton, Handbook on the Pentateuch, 85]

Abraham’s first step was initiated by God. God’s call and promise preceded Abraham’s response and not the other way around. For those who belong to Christ, we have already taken the first step in trusting God because he first loved and saved us. Sometimes in the busyness of life, we can get ahead of or behind God by getting easily distracted, but our trust and next step are to have its root in God’s direction.

Let’s worship to “Goodness of God” by Bethel Music (Click here).

Let’s pray: God, thank you for your goodness and blessings in Christ. Remind me how it all began with you and help me to pay attention to your promise and work in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– CHH

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