All the Families of the Earth Shall Be Blessed

The ancient promise to Abraham reads like this: "I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great" (Gen 12:2). This is the beginning of the journey toward creating the people of Israel. This great saga originates, however, with a simple promise to Abram (later changed to Abraham).

Why does God choose to bless Abram?

(1) So that Abram will learn that God is faithful and that he provides. God asks Abram to venture out on faith into the great unknown. Abram doesn't know where he is going or what life will be like when he gets there. He must give up "home" and wait for a new home provided him by God. A leap of faith is required, but God promises to be with Abram and care for his needs. Abram is willing to take the risk.

(2) So that Abram will pass God's blessings along to others. God's blessings are always meant to be shared, not hoarded. God's economy does not work like our economy. The more we share his blessings with others, the more his blessings abound. The more we hoard his blessings, the fewer there are to go around. Strange, eh? But God tells Abram, "Through you, all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed" (Genesis 12:3).

God cares for us and proves that he is faithful. By blessing us, however, he is demonstrating that we are to share his blessings with others. Rejoice in the blessings of God as you learn to share what God has given you!
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