PATRIARCH OF FAITH (2)

Praise the Lord we are back with another aspect of our project.

FAITH AND PROMISE

To Abraham is made the promise: “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you…and through you, all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3). To possess a land, to become a great nation, to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth is the threefold promise which runs like a golden thread through the tapestry of the Genesis epic, from Abraham to the conquest. From nothing to something. Without a title to the heights and peak in ministry. Where is your faith like that of Abraham or your local church patriarch?

The divine promise is a challenge to Abraham’s faith by the very vagueness with which the goal is indicated and by the magnitude of God’s demands, which appears in the simple enumeration of what Abraham must voluntarily surrender: “Go from your country, your kindred, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). Abraham’s first step must be a gesture of renunciation of all the support and security normally provided by a man’s kinsfolk and neighbours. The very essence of this vocation, as of every other, is trust in God (Matthew 10:37)

TO BE CONTINUED ………

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

Author: Godfrey Gregg