Read Genesis 11:27-12:20
HIS story of man’s rescue includes a special nation. If you think of the glory days of the United States you may think that we are that nation. After all, doesn’t Lady Liberty call out with these words?
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
But God’s special nation was selected millennia ago, not centuries. Its founding father was not named “Washington,” “Franklin,” “Jefferson,” or “Hancock.” No, his name was “Abram” and his wife was “Sarai.” For no special reasons other than His sovereign grace, God selected them.
Now this was not the first nation. From the outset, God had commanded the inhabitants of the earth to “be fruitful and increase in number, and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28). But this was to be a chosen nation. God would give Abram a special tract of land. He and Sarai would have innumerable descendants. And through their seed, all of the peoples on earth would receive blessing. And that blessing was ultimately realized in the person of Christ whose human lineage is traced back to Abram. Through Christ, HIS story of the rescue of man would be fully realized.
That realization was yet centuries away. At the time of God’s call on his life, Abram could not fully comprehend what awaited him. The land…well, he had never seen it. Nevertheless, by faith, he headed out “even though he did not know where he was going.” (Heb. 11:8) The descendants…well, his wife was barren and beyond childbearing age. It’s true, he fumbled the ball, drawing some wrong conclusions along the way. But finally, he trusted God, and he and Sarai had a son named Isaac. And the blessing…well, though he and Sarai told half truths about her identity as his sister rather than his wife, God still protected them and prepared the way for the Savior.
HIS story of man’s rescue includes some unlikely choices. But God uses those who take Him at His word…even though they may be unlikely choices and may even stumble at times. In fact, He can even use you and me!