DECEMBER 21, Genesis 12:1-3
God called Abram from out of the country called Ur of the Chaldees, an idol-worshipping country. The Lord wanted Abram to get out of his country, away from his relatives and his father’s house. The Lord did not tell him exactly where to go but assured him that He will guide him to “a land that I will show thee”. The amazing thing is that Abram, whose name God later changed to Abraham, obeyed and left, and did exactly what the Lord told him to do.
But God knew how difficult it was for Abraham. He also made a promise or a covenant with Abraham. It was to be an everlasting covenant, as God would keep His Word forever. It would stand for thousands of years, as long as man exists on earth. This promise had two parts: the first was that Abraham would be the father of a great nation– the Jewish people; the second was that, Jesus Christ would come from the Jewish people to save the world from sin.
By believing in Jesus, sinners would be saved. They would become blessed through this covenant God gave to Abraham. The greatest blessing through God’s covenant with Abraham, is the gift of eternal life through Jesus.When you see the word “LORD” in capital letters in the bible, do you know what it means? The word “LORD” means the God of the covenant. So every time you come across that word – remember the covenant God gave to Abraham, and through it – the covenant God gives to you in Jesus.
Thought: God’s covenant extends to me.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing me through Abraham’s covenant. I pray that I will not take this covenant for granted and learn to live my life to please you. This I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.