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Summary: A Time of Trust 1. Trust God in his promises 2. Trust God in your setbacks

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Lent 2

Genesis 12:1-8

Human beings generally are pretty picky about whom we place our trust in. We don’t give away our trust too easily; it often has to be earned. And once our trust in someone is gone, it is extremely difficult for them to ever earn it all back. We are continuing our series as we focus on Time. This morning, we are going to see that we live in a Time of Trust. As we look at the call of Abram, we will see that the Lord calls us as well to jump into his arms and let us trust that everything’s going to be alright. So: 1. Trust God in his promises. 2. Trust God in your setbacks.

Part I

Immediately in the first verse, the Lord asks Abram to take a huge leap of faith, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land that I will show you.” Notice what a total break the Lord is asking him to make, and ask yourself what would go through your mind had the Lord given you such a command: Leave the country…the only place where you had ever lived. The only place where you had protection. The only place on earth where you were not considered a foreigner. Leave it all! Leave your people…leave the ones whom you have grown up with, whom you went to school with, whom you lived next to, leave all the people you trusted as respectable people to do business with. And leave your father’s household. Make a break from the strongest human bonds there are: family. Then the Lord makes this even more difficult: “go to the land I will show you.” This would be like your boss calling you into his office one morning and saying, “Pack up all the belongings in your house; pull your kids out of school. We’re relocating you. I’ll tell you where you’re going when you get there.” Do you think your family would go for that?

How on earth did God motivate Abram to take such a great leap of faith? I suppose God could have just said nothing else. He could have simply said, “Abram, you’re a human being and I’m God. So listen to me when I tell you to do this.” God could have motivated Abram by threats, “Abram, if you don’t do this, I am going to make your life so difficult that you will be begging for another chance to do my will.” God could have prodded Abram with sarcasm, “Abram, I’m a living God that is speaking to you. But if you’d rather listen to your gods of stone and wood, be my guest. I’m sure they’ve got great advice to give you.” These are all ways that human beings get each other to do things, but God’s way of encouraging is through promises. God gives Abram no less than seven guarantees of positive things that will happen when Abram places his trust in the Lord. Let’s count them. 1. “I will make you into a great nation.” 2. “I will bless you.” 3. “I will make your name great.” 4. “You will be a blessing.” 5. “I will bless those who bless you.” 6. “Whoever curses you I will curse.” 7. “All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Off the top of your head, how many people from 2,000 B.C. can you name? Or to put it another way, let’s assume that the earth lasts another 4,000 years (I think that’s a long shot, but work with me on this). Who from our time will people 4,000 years from now remember? Do you think they are going to care about our sports figures, our celebrities, our successful businessmen, the people that now seem to have great names? To be remembered 40 centuries after you lived is quite an accomplishment. And that is but 1 of these 7 guarantees that the Lord fulfilled to Abram.


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