|Have you ever really taken the time to really think about how God blesses us in our lives? Everything that we face in life, even the hard stuff is all designed to make us into the human beings that God created us to be. When you think of it that way, it makes the tough times seem not so bad as they seem at the time.
Genesis 12:2 (NLT)
2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.
The God of heaven and earth, Who made the vast cosmos and upholds it by His power, invited Abraham to become His friend and companion, to dwell in His presence, and to know the fullness of joy and pleasure that only God can give. This “blessing” of God – which Abraham would then be able to extend to others as well – is the beginning of God’s promises.
We cannot fully understand the promises of God unless we come through this door of blessing. In being blessed our sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ and the scales are removed from our eyes, spiritual scales that keep us from seeing the beauty, goodness, and truth of God. Being blessed leads to blessing others.
In the second set of promises God graciously offers to make of Abraham a great people and to give him a great name. If we have entered into the blessing of God we can claim this second set of promises for ourselves as well.
The first sense of “greatness” God promised to Abraham has to do with the people who through him will be blessed of God. They will be a “great nation” – very numerous. As we read elsewhere in Scripture, God says those who follow in the blessing of Abraham will be as many as the sand of the sea, the dust of the air, the stars of the sky.
Abraham was not to be blessed of God in isolation; rather, he would become the father of countless millions down through the ages who would receive the grace of God and, in faith and obedience, become blessed to be a blessing as well.
We do not claim or enjoy the promises of God alone. They to whom the promises come through Jesus Christ are a great nation, transcending every culture, age, language, and political boundary. In the better promises of our Lord, we are never alone; we are citizens of a royal priesthood and a holy nation. We are a people of God’s own possession.
This great nation will also have a great name, Abraham was told. That is, they would be influential, persuasive, the kind of people who determine the way of things and who make lasting contributions to culture and society. Abraham was promised a kind of greatness he would never have been able to know without God. God promised to make him more numerous and influential than anyone who had ever lived. Because Abraham would be the friend of God, and God’s name would be his.
Yeah, promises like that would get my attention, too.