I loved this line from Dale Ryan’s talk, “Abraham got almost everything wrong, but God doesn’t go to plan B.” I love that. And he’s right about Abraham. In the twelfth chapter of Genesis, God starts acting weird for a “god” almost from the start.
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
those who curse you I will curse;
all the families of the earth
will be blessed because of you. Genesis 12:1-3 CEB
Who is this God who gives and gives?
Most gods are demanding. They want stuff from their people. This God is acting weird. He is not demanding from Abraham but is giving to Abraham in a grand plot twist of all things god-like.
But Abraham ends up going where he is not supposed to go; he fails to stay connected; he brings curses upon the Egyptians even though he was supposed to bless his neighbors. And do we even have time to talk about how twice he gives Sarai AWAY to foreign kings as a way to insure his own safety? Really? Even though she was to be the mother of his children?
God does not give up on unfaithful people, even lousy spouses and I am very grateful for that.
What’s going on in your world that might be improved if you grabbed some principles from these first four chapters and applied them to your own circumstances?