Blessed Be Abram of God Most High

    Abram was a man who fully trusted in the Lord God and God was faithful to fulfill all of His promises to Abram. Abram was a man just like us, so really he was nothing special as far as men go. He was a common man who developed an uncommon trust in the Lord Most High. Abram didn’t always believe in God. He believed in many gods because he lived in Ur of the Chaldeans for the first seventy-five years of his life and they worshipped many gods. But when God called Abram to leave his old lifestyle behind, he packed up his family and belongings and left Ur to follow God wherever God might lead him.We pick up the story some ten years after Abram had left Ur. He has been blessed and prospered greatly in the places God had led him. The story I am writing about took place shortly after his nephew, Lot and his family, had been taken captive by a large army led by four kings. Abram along with three hundred and eighteen trained servants who worked for him went after the four kings and their armies to recover, Lot, his family, and his possessions. Abram and his men caught up with the four kings and defeated them in battle, recovering Lot, and all that he owned, as well as, the possession of the kings in whose territory Abram’s nephew lived. Upon Abram’s return from the battle, he was met by Melchizedek king of Salem who brought out to him bread and wine. Melchizedek was the priest of God Most High, and he said to Abram, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.”  
    If we read this story closely we will learn that God gave Abram favor and victory over his enemies because Abram was faithful to follow God’s instructions and go where he was sent. God will do the same for us if we are as obedient to Him as Abram was in this story. Just as the Lord God fought for Abram and defeated Abram’s enemies, so He will fight for us and defeat our enemies. I wrote this before in another blog; “It doesn’t matter how large the enemy force is that confronts us, Me and God, or, You and God, are mighty enough to defeat them.” We cannot be defeated if we follow after God and do what He instructs us to do. He means to do us good. And what He tells us to avoid, He does so because it has the potential to destroy us. Do we not do the same for our children? Of course, we do. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be very good parents. We don’t want to see them suffer harm, and God does not want to see us suffer harm either. Abram was blessed by God because he simply followed God’s instruction. That is all God is asking of us in our day and time. If we are obedient, He will lead us to victory over all of our enemies and bless us with every blessing He has promised to us in His Word.
    Our problem is we have been trained to believe there is a short cut to getting what we want. We live in a drive thru society. If we don’t receive it right now, then it must not have been of God. That is a lie! God is for us, He isn’t against us, and He fully intends to give us everything He has told us belongs to us, if we will listen and obey Him. This is how Abram got everything he received from God. He listened; and when he received directions, he acted, and God blessed him. The good things in life do not come instantly, they come from being patient and preparing ourselves to receive them. That’s how we received our house, our wife or husband, and our children. None of those things came instantaneously, but they came just as we expected them to. When we wait patiently, the things we receive are greatly appreciated because we have something invested in them. God promised Abram when he was seventy-five years old that he and his wife, Sarai, would have a child. Abram’s wife was beyond her child-bearing years at this time, but Abram believed God anyway, and they had a child together when Abram was one hundred years old. Abram and Sarai had something invested in this child. They waited twenty-five years for God’s promise to be fulfilled, but they received their child just like God promised they would. But some fourteen years before Abram’s and Sarai’s son, Isaac, was born, they decided to take matters into their own hands just like we do many times, and Abram fathered a child named Ishmael by an Egyptian slave woman who caused Sarai many headaches. As do all things we attempt on our own when God isn’t involved in them. Eventually, Abram had to send Ishmael and his mother away before peace would once again reign in their household. Even though Ishmael was not the son God promised to Abram and Sarai, He blessed Ishmael for Abram’s sake. Ishmael grew up and became the father of twelve nations which is now known as the Arab nations who are causing the Israelites, the descendants of Isaac, plenty of headaches. Have you gotten the jest of the story yet? When we do things our way, we get into all kinds of trouble, but when we are patient, listen, and follow God’s instructions, and do things His way, He leads us around the problem and blesses us for following His lead. God doesn’t bring our problems upon us, we bring them upon ourselves when we refuse to follow God’s commands. If we, like Abram, follow God’s lead, we will enjoy untold blessings because God’s greatest desire is to bless His children. Some churches tell you that God wants you to be poor because being poor shows your humility. Garbage! The poor man is subject to the whims of the rich, and God does not want us to be beholden to anyone but Him. He blesses obedient people. He does not withhold any good thing from them. What He did for Abram, He will do for anyone because Abram was a common man just like we are. He was a foreigner whom God called into service, and we are Gentiles whom God calls into service. If we let Him lead us to the place He wants us to go, He will bless us for being obedient just like He did Abram. DThrash

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