Admiring God's Blessings
Genesis 13:1-7, 14-18
'After Lot separated from him, God said to Abram, “Open your eyes, look around. Look north, south, east, and west. Everything you see, the whole land spread out before you, I will give to you and your children forever. I’ll make your descendants like dust—counting your descendants will be as impossible as counting the dust of the Earth. So—on your feet, get moving! Walk through the country, its length and breadth; I’m giving it all to you.” Abram moved his tent. He went and settled by the Oaks of Mamre in Hebron. There he built an altar to God.' - Genesis 13:14-18 MSG
After Lot and Abram went in their own directions, God blessed Abram with a great vision of his peoples' future. This can very much be how life works. God specifically called Abram, but Abram wanted to bring Lot with him. Then Abram's and Lot's workers were fighting over land they were sharing. Finally, they saw that they needed to have their own parcels of land as they both had so much. After they went their own ways, God greatly blessed Abram and sought to show him a vision of his descendants' future. However Lot's future was much different.
In today's Scripture text, we have the opportunity to celebrate the blessings God was giving to Abram and his people. God saw something very special in Abram. Abram fully and wholeheartedly believed God and worshipped God fully. He would pick up an move when God said. He would talk with God and was greatly blessed by God. Later, Abram stayed true to God even when greatly tested himself.
We each have been given great blessings from God. Sometimes we feel like Lot, like we are getting a shorter straw. However, really God continues to bless us all. Lent is a special time to reflect on all the many ways we are continually and abundantly blessed by God. God not only provides for all our needs. God leads us to the spring waters. God guides us as we are prepared for a beautiful future.
Even when we feel like Lot, we are able to remember that Abram went and found him and brought him out from that evil people to safety. Having a God that sends in reinforcements for us when it is needed is one of the greatest blessings we can receive. We have a God that sees us and cares for us. We have a God that walks with us and prepares us for a beautiful future.
Prayer: God of Abundant Blessings, thank you for your loving care of your people. As your children, we ask you today to keep reaching out to us. Help us to believe in you with the faith of Abraham. Help us to trust fully in you as your seek goodness and wholeness for us all. May we see and admire the abundance of life with you and proclaim your name above all others, as we worship only you our Lord and our God. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.