Dear friend, we told you about the man who was obedient to the voice of God. The man’s name was Noah. He built the ark just like God had told him and he was saved in the great flood. In fact, because of Noah’s righteousness the whole family was saved.
Today we will tell you about another man who heard the voice of God and was obedient to it. The man’s name is Abraham. He lived in Ur of Chaldees. Ur was a big lively city, where people worshipped idols. Abraham, who had been originally called Abram, lived with his wife Sarai and was managing a big house. Once, God said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1) God promised that through Abram He would create the great nation, which He would bless, increase and protect. Abram believed everything that God had told Him: “He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.” (Genesis 12:5)
Dear friend, Abram left his town, everything that was so close to his heart and went where God had called him to go. Abram went to Canaan. In this land there lived Canaanites, low educated and violent people, but God kept His promise. Wherever Abram went he experienced success because God was with Him. However, Abram and his wife were in expectation of the major promise - that God would create the great nation through them. The thing is that Abram and Sarai didn’t have children, and when God told Abram this promise, he was already 75 years old. But is there anything impossible for God? The Bible says, “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)
Abram had to wait 25 years. This was a long pending for him and his wife – Abram and Sarai were getting old and their hopes were fading away. After Abram had turned 99, God again talked to him. He said, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” (Genesis 17:4-5, 15-16) Dear friend, in Hebrew language Abraham means ‘father of many’, and Sarah means ‘Princess’. To the great surprise of many and unbounded joy of Abraham and Sarah they finally had a son Isaac who became the father of the great nation called Jews.
Dear friend, the Bible calls Abraham a righteous man. Do you know, why? This is because he believed in God and everything that God said to him. The Bible says,” Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:3) His faith was reflected in his actions. He had left his native city Ur and did everything that God had told him to do.
Dear friend, nowadays, God also calls to the hearts of men. He calls to your heart, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20) Jesus wants you to let him in to your life. You just need to pray to open the door for Him. The Bible says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” As God was with Noah and Abraham, He will be with you.
Pray with us: “Almighty God, come into my life and be always with me. Make me righteous before You. In Jesus Name. Amen.”