Advent Ann Voskamp

The Celebration: Day 5

Day 5  Count The Stars

Today’s Reading:  Genesis 12:1-4, 7

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The Lord has said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation.  I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.  I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt.  All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”  So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed.  Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said,  “I will give this land to your descendants.”   And Abram built an alter there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

Notice the order of sequences:

God commanded Abram to leave his country.

God promised to make Abram into a great nation.

Abram departed as the Lord had instructed.

The Lord blessed Abram.

Abram  gave thanks to God.

Abram was 75 years old when the Lord called him to pack up his entire life and move to an unknown place.  Abram was no spring chicken!  I would assume that at the age of 75, he was settled into a routine.  God  had Abram leave his security and identity in order to experience something far greater than he could ever imagine.

I am sure Abram was quite confused at the new title God had given him, “The Father of many nations,”  and rightly so, since his wife was unable to bare children.   “Umm God, I don’t quite have the skills necessary for this calling.”  Many times, God calls people to places and tasks that seem out of their reach.

It wasn’t skills that God was after, It was obedience.

Do you hear it… “I have great plans for you!” and yet, your life feels barren.  “God I couldn’t possibly do that or go there….I lack the skills, I lack the resources, I lack the knowledge.”

God will supply the provisions for the journey.  Abraham believed God even when he didn’t have the blueprints for the journey.

Abram decided to trust in the strength of the Lord instead of his own abilities.

When we come to the end of ourselves,  that is when GREAT things start to happen.

Looking to true Greatness, we are reminded that we are not identified by our failures, sin,  or  lack of ability.  Our identity is a daughter of the KING.

We can stop obsessing over our awesomeness and we can also stop obsessing over our limitations.

We serve a God that is limitless and  his power is made perfect in our weakness.  God uses small people to accomplish big things. God pours his love into small hearts, and that love swells within us, stretching our own capacity to love and pour out.  God blesses us, in order that we may be a blessing overflowing into the world.

Questions:

In what ways have you seen the Lord blessing upon your life?

Are you clinging to His promises?

 

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