God’s Blessing of Abram: Love

Posted: 01.01.2010 in love

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you… and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” – Genesis 12:1-3

So Abram receives a promise from God to be blessed.  Leave and be blessed.  But it is not that simple.  God intends to lavish on Abram, but He also intends to use Abram to lavish on the world.   God intends to lavish blessing, which is a revelation of His love.  God desires to lavish his love on the world through Abram.  Why?  Why this man, why bless him, why make him leave to receive it?  Don’t know.  Don’t know that those are relevent questions.  As far as we know, Abram is just some schmo (who was descended from Noah, but really, who wasn’t?)   What is relevent is the lavish blessing, grace, and love of God.  There is a purpose in Abram’s journey being away from what he has known: family, friends, landscapes, riches.  He must give up what he has and loves for that which is God’s desire for him. 

This passage says far more about God than Abram.   God’s desire to love and to bless, to make him great in the world.  God giving glory to one who is unworthy.   God as a God who gives power and glory away.  And not just for Abram, but the whole world.  So God’s grace is poured out for one man, yes, and for the whole world as well.  God chooses one in a desire to include all in the love and blessing.  I don’t get it, but there it is.

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to get past the “giving up what I have for what might/will be” stage.  In my last post, I spoke about some of the  cost of uprooting to Seattle, some expected and some that wasn’t.   What about the blessing?  I don’t know what I think yet.  School and people and family nearby has been good.  But it has been painful and costly.  I can’t see far enough ahead to say that I have seen this kind of lavishness.  I can’t say that I understand  what it looks like for me to blessed on such an expansive scale as means in which others are loved and blessed.  But I also know that it was 25 years after this blessing that Abram had Isaac.  A long while.  So I will do my best to wait and watch and hope to see the lavishness of God’s love and blessing, even as I have so keenly felt the cost to go.


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