Lord, we thank You for the everlasting covenant You gave to Abraham and his descendants, the promise of blessing through the generations. It was through this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and countless as the sand of the seashore. (Heb.11:12). We thank You for his example of faith and obedience. Empower us this day to walk in Your Spirit, open our eyes to the opportunities You have provided so we may do good to ALL people, especially those who belong to the family of believers. (Gal. 6:10).
Descendants. I had no idea how the Lord would direct my spirit to write a post on the names of descendants. As I thought about it, the word is used over and over again in the promise God gave to Abraham. We have read the word countless times so I thought I would look up the definition of descendant.
It means an offspring, something deriving in appearance, function, or general character from an earlier form. An adherent who follows closely the teachings, methods, practices of an earlier master. WOW!
Romans 4 :16 states, therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to ALL Abraham’s offspring – not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.
Abraham, the father of us all…what a blessing God has given us in His Word, an example of faith. Romans continues in verse 18 that Abraham in hope believes and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him. “So shall your offspring be”. He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
We are descendants of Abraham, an adherent who follows closely the teachings, methods, practices of an earlier master. Oh, what a privilege it is to be in God’s word each day, to have the example of Abraham and his unwavering faith. May we be fully persuaded that God has the power to do what he has promised.
The challenge for the day is how are we being viewed by our descendants? The Lord instructs us in Psalm 78:1-7, we are not to hide them (the teachings and parables from old) from our children but tell to the coming generations the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He commands us to teach to our children that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.
Over in over in His word we see the instruction of passing His truth from generation to generation. May we live a life of Abraham faith, unwavering and fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He says He will do, may we pass our faith on to our descendants so they may tell their children and they can share with their children. May we be an example of God’s love to all God has placed in our path. Joyce Meyer said, that we just may be the only example of some people will ever get of God’s love. May we be aware of the influence we have, the eyes that are watching and the love God calls us to share.
Have a blessed day! You are with us in thought and prayer, Morgen! May you continue to feel God’s love and peace surround you and your family!
Hugs to all,