Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The story of Abraham is found in the Book of Genesis, 11:26 to 25:18.

Influential Men Of The Bible: Abraham

The story of Abraham is found in the Book of Genesis, 11:26 to 25:18.

The first patriarch of Israel; son of Terah and brother of Nahor and Haran. At first his name was Abram ("the Father is exalted") but God changed it to Abraham ("a father of many nations", Gen 17:5). His family originally lived near the southern Mesopotamian city Ur of the Chaldees, but Terah took him, along with Lot, the son of Haran, to the city of Haran in northwest Mesopotamia (Gen 11:31).

After the death of his father (Gen 11:32) the Lord commanded him to leave his home for a new land; in return God promised Abraham that he would become a blessing to all nations. Abraham obeyed and migrated to Canaan. He soon became wealthy, but he still had no son. Because Sarah was advanced in years, she substituted her Egyptian slave Hagar, who bore Ishmael, Abraham's first son. Later, in accord with a divine promise, Sarah gave birth to Isaac. Abraham's faith was put to a severe test when God commanded that he sacrifice Isaac, his only son by Sarah. Abraham did not waver and he prepared for the sacrifice, but God spared the boy at the last moment, substituting a ram.

Following God involves a daily walk with God in obedience and faith. There are times that we need to trust Him in spite of outward circumstances. God has promised to be with us always (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5). But you may be going through great difficulties. And you are wondering where God is at this time in your life. Whether it is the loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, or an unfulfilled desire, God is still by your side.

My friend, these times may be difficult but keep looking to God's Word. Meditate on verses of Scripture that describe His faithfulness to His children. Then think about the times that He has been faithful to you.

God’s timing is not our timing. We may have our own "set time" when we expect certain things to happen, but it does not always work out that way. God's delays are not His denials. They are His way of providing His best for our lives

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