Three characteristics of the man and woman who the Lord trusts.
And the Lord said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." Genesis 12: 1-4; Hebrews 11:11
Abundant life happens to those who the Lord trusts. Much that is good and that stretches our faith comes from the Lord’s confidence in us, and he tends to offer us the impossible because of his trust. That trust is his confidence that we will respond to what he asks and shows. Our own testimonies of God’s trust has its genesis in a man and woman who God trusted – Abraham and Sarah.
God approached Abraham with this open-ended offer, “Leave your country, and your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you…so Abraham left, as the Lord had told him” (Genesis 12:1, 4). The first characteristic of a man or woman who God trusts is that each will respond to God’s invitation to leave the familiar and comfortable and travel until in relationship with God until they see what God is revealing.
The second characteristic is the impossibility of the journey, for Abraham and Sarah were to become more than they could be through their own natural strengths and abilities, for the Lord said, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will become a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:2-3). God offered his invitation of trust along with his own initiatives and capacity of provision.
The third characteristic is the patient transformation of faith into new life that steadily increased in Abraham and Sarah until they became the man and woman that he, the Lord, envisioned them to be. They had to respond to his invitation to “leave your country…” before they could experience his promises to them. “By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise” (Hebrews 11:11).
The Lord is still inviting each of us into that way of living which is impossible to us in our limited abilities, yet mighty and delightful to him. Have you heard his invitation to you?Today’s Declaration
I am the Person in Whom the Lord Trusts.
Lord Jesus, look upon me with your trusting eyes. Let me hear your invitations to leave and go. Let me experience your great and precious promises to me. Transform me into your dear image.