Lessons from the life of Abraham

July 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Lessons from the life of Abraham


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God’s promise to Abram was like a “light that shineth in a dark place”. It gave him direction and purpose. Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 13:14-18, Genesis 15:3-5, 2 Peter 1:19

  • Without a word from the Lord our lives lack vision and it feels like we are groping around in the dark. Do you have a word from God? Proverbs 29:18

God’s word to Abram was within God’s timeframe and not according to Abram’s. Genesis 12:2-3, Genesis 12:16, Genesis 15:5

Abram thought he would help God out – he could make God’s word come to pass by having a son with Sarai’s handmaid, Hagar. Genesis 16:1-4

  • Trying to help God with the His word over our lives will have repercussions – sometimes lifelong consequences! Genesis 13:11-12

To strengthen His promise, He changed Abram’s name to Abraham – Father of a great multitude. Genesis 17:5 (I’m sure it must have been very embarrasing to Abram when everybody would call him “Father of a great multitude”, seeing that there was no evidence yet.)

  • “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1

Abraham did not see the fulfillment of God’s promise in his lifetime. Hebrews 11:8-10, 39

  • God’s word to us is not a guarantee that we will see the fullness of it in our present lifetime. It may only be the start of something that will carry over to many generations to come. Psalm 105:8, 106:31 (The life of Paul is also an example of this. Ephesians 3:1-13)

God sees the end from the beginning when He gives a promise or word. Isaiah 46:10

  • We only see in part but one day, when we have grown to maturity, we will know as God knows. 1 Corinthians 13:12

Abraham did not understand God’s promise but still he trusted and obeyed. Genesis 12:4, 13:18, 15:6

May we all have a word/promise from the Lord.

May that word be our beacon of light in the storms of life.

May we hold on to the promise, whether we understand it or not.

May we not try to help God work out His promise but just stay faithful, obedient and willing.

May God bless you with all the riches in Christ Jesus!

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About Edgar Phillips
Husband, Dad, Ordained Minister and Missionary who loves God, Pastoral & Functional Therapist, Imago Professional Facilitator, EFT practitioner.

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