Today’s Reading: Genesis 12-3.
(Context: Abram, previous to his later name change, is called-out by God to be the father of the world’s most important and impressive people group, the Jews.)
Throughout Genesis, the chronology is both fast-forwarded and very broad. Names and places, events and natural disasters fly by at break-back speed. The time slows and the camera zooms in all of a sudden in chapter 12, on a man Ur (would be modern-day Iraq) called Abram, already well-passed his prime, and without a son to carry on his line.
Why did God choose Abram? Then again, why did God choose me? Why did God choose you?
Now, the purpose here is not to get into a predestination debate, even if you’d just love it! I will say this: God did choose us. He predestined us to be his adopted children, and that is an incredible thing. And yet, I choose to be His son, I accepted His offer. Thus, God’s predestination and our free will held hands and walked together on our journey to heaven.
The purpose is to say “thank you” to God for choosing us, for choosing anyone, when we didn’t deserve or search for it. He found us, and gave us everything! Abram’s improbable acceptance to become the spearhead to God’s plan for world history is a lesson to all of us. Was Abram more deserving than any other? Possibly, on a level of faith in God, but not based on personal goodness or merit (You don’t agree? Read Genesis 13 for starters).
Abram became Abraham, and he followed through with God’s plan for his life. He succeeded, he is in the “Hall of Fame” in God’s book (the only one that matters!).
God choose you and I for a purpose, to fulfill what we have been called to do. It will not be easy, it will necessitate faith, even though failing at times, and it will take perseverance. Are we ready for the battle? Ready to continue on day after day in these “evil days” as Peter warned?
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)