Hello ladies and gentlemen!
March 2021! I am super elated and just thankful to God for allowing me to see this month! 🙂
So, today I finished the book by Charles R. Swindoll — Abraham.
What a journey and a ride I have had the past month! Remember I had told you I started this book on this day, when I wrote about men of faith and doubt? Well, I am through with reading it and I have all types of emotions. And not those type of girly emotions. I am just moved, humbled, and with deep admiration of Abraham’s faith in God.
This book is loaded with great, great lessons for every christian particularly because everyone of us is walking the journey of faith in this life, and because each one of us desires that our walk be pleasing unto God.
Actually what led me to this book was the question, “Why did God call Abraham, ‘My friend’?” I was struggling with understanding what exactly the verse below meant when it says, ‘please Him.’
So I began looking for anyone who had written on Abraham’s life and came across this wonderful work.
In our minds, we automatically imagine to please God means to be the best and righteous people ever. Well, — let me correct that for you–,
to be the best and righteous people ever. To please God, I am learning, is to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. It is to seek Him through and through in every single decision, circumstance and season. It is to reach a point of rest in Him; in that, regardless of what happens, God has vowed He will never leave you nor forsake you. Faith in God, is the word.
Reading through Abraham’s journey was extremely humbling. How God worked on his heart, how God forgave his failures, how God regarded him his prophet even after his failures, how God kept the promise He made to him, how God protected him and his family as they sojourned in tents and in the many different territories as they traveled to the promised land, how God made other kings show him favor, how God blessed Abraham abundantly. And all these not because of anything he did, but because God is gracious.
Sometimes it is easy to think, “I am not at this level of relationship with God, so He wouldn’t be concerned with a sinner like me.”
But God is concerned with both you and I. We are the children of promise, we are Abraham’s seed; and so every promise God made to Abraham regarding His descendants applies to us.
7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.
8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”
9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),
14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
There are also other several major lessons I have learnt from Abraham’s story.
One focuses on the sins we do not entirely crucify, but keep close, — even to say, — flirt with in our lives which eventually become the reason of our downfall. This was most especially brought out by Lot’s failures and some of Abraham’s failures too.
Lot, Lot, Lot! How much I have learnt from his story. May God help me not to forget! And may God helps us all not to be so comfortable with sin, that we are willing to commit even greater sins as a result of familiarity with it!
There are two things in the story that I learnt from both Lot’s and Abraham’s failures. Sort of my own analysis. Abraham’s heart/humility and Lot’s complacency/passiveness. They both made major faithless decisions but for Abraham, there was a humility that came with learning from his mistakes as he also acquired discernment.
For Lot however, his heart and mind appeared to me as passive and reluctant to learn from the mistakes he had made, and this also contributed to poor discernment and eventually making abominable judgements.
And hey! I am not trying to criticize one and uplift the other. I see a part of Lot in me at times and so, it is important that whatever kind of passiveness and reluctant traits I have picked up, I shine light to them so that they may not cause me to fall. Despite Lot’s failures, he is still regarded a righteous man. Think about that! That’s God’s grace…..
But in all honesty, I wouldn’t like to live a life of faith where, I barely made it. I would love to live a faith where I conquered the valleys and climbed those mountains victoriously. Lot barely made it out of Sodom, were it not for the grace of God.
Abraham on the other hand! He conquered!
Two other lessons I learnt mainly focus on Abraham’s failures and the grace of God despite his failures, and the rest are mostly about trusting and resting in God which was my highlight.
I do hope you get a chance to read the book. It’s an amazing read, full of rich lessons of faith.
God bless you all 🙂