So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham. “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (Galatians 3:6-9)
Some days I live by faith in myself. I don’t have a plan. Don’t pray for God’s power. Don’t pray for God to give me ideas or bless my writing. I feel I can handle life alone. But those days seldom end with joy or satisfaction.
Was it easier for Abraham to have faith in God? Abraham didn’t have a Bible full of hope and promises because Moses wrote the first scrolls at a later time. But God appeared to him in visions and then in person. Abraham had no laws to follow because God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.
Am I as blessed as Abraham? God didn’t choose me to be the first Jew, the first mohel, the first Hebrew, or to bless all nations through me. But he chose me to raise three wonderful children, support my loving husband, rehabilitate the weak (I’m a retired PT), and write a Christian blog and a novel. He has used me to bless friends, family, patients, and readers.
I’ve never had a dream or a personal manifestation from God, but his Spirit bonds with mine. He nudges me, puts ideas and thoughts in my head, and speaks to me when I read Scripture.
Paul partially quotes Genesis 22:18. “In your (Abraham’s) seed (Jesus), all the nations of the earth shall be blessed because you (Abraham) have obeyed my voice.” That is the gospel. We are blessed with eternal life with God because of Jesus. When we believe the gospel, we are credited with righteousness. When we have faith, no matter our color or nation, we are children of Abraham and have a right to all of God’s promises.
We shouldn’t compare ourselves to Abraham or those we think are more blessed and have more reason to trust God. We are also justified by faith, and when we trust in God and not ourselves, we are blessed along with Abraham.
Every day is a day to come to God. To pray. To be thankful. To trust and obey. To seek his empowerment. To set goals to accomplish the dreams he’s placed in our hearts. Like Abraham, when we obey his voice, many will be blessed.
Father, Thank you for blessing me with __________________. I praise you for your plan that enables me to bless others. Help me set impossible goals to follow the dreams you’ve placed in my heart so that people will know you’ve worked through me when those goals are met. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.