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Can WE Trust This God Who Makes Promises? Absolutely!

Genesis 12:1-9 New International Version (NIV)

The Call of Abram 12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “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.[a] 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”[b] 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. 9 Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.

Wednesday - February 24

This passage is one of the most important in all of the Bible, but most people have no idea that it is there or what it is about. In Genesis 12 God chooses a man seemingly at random and makes a promise to him. Why did God choose Abram? The Bible doesn’t tell us. That is called “election.” God chooses, we do not. God chooses, we do not earn or merit. In Genesis 12 God chose this man named Abram to give a promise to. God said: “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:3). Is God’s Word true? Can it be trusted? Can Abram or anyone else do something to stop it or undermine it? Will our sin and rebellion make God change His mind and take back His promise? This is the heart of the story of the Bible. Is God faithful even when we are not? Can we trust this God who makes promises?

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