Day 152 - FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
Reading: Genesis 12: 1, Romans 4: 3
Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, exhorts them, and us, to consider Abraham; think about him; ponder his life and his choices. And, thanks to the Biblical records, we are able to do so...many thousands of years after he roamed the Ancient Near East.
But why does Paul think it worthwhile to consider Abraham? This is what we’ll discover as we follow his advice during the month of July. Let’s begin by turning to Genesis 12, where we first read about Abraham. You’ll notice two things; that he is a historical figure who really existed; and that he came from a family background without a spiritual heritage. In other words, he was not a man who had an “inside track” to knowing the one true God. On the contrary; his heritage had taught him that there are many gods, one for every aspect of life, and that life is a continual attempt to satisfy these many capricious deities.
The environment we grew up in affects our outlook on God. What did the environment you grew up in teach you about who God is? Was that an accurate or inaccurate picture?
I come to you in humility and reverence God and ask that you will teach me about yourself and your ways through the life of Abraham. I turn away from all my spiritual pride that says no one can teach me about you, and ask that you will give me a teachable heart.