Amazing Grace23rd February 2018
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household 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 whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” -Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV)
The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” -Genesis 22: 15-18 (NIV)
At a time when the Earth was full of sin, Abraham was called by God to leave his country to head to a destination which he was not familiar with. However, God did not only just tell Abraham to go, but, He also made a huge promise with Abraham that He would make his descendants into a great nation, making his name great, and even promising that through him, everyone on earth will be blessed. There were many “will” in this scriptures as God was promising His grace and blessing only if Abraham was faithful enough to follow His plans. In the book of Genesis, Abraham constantly showed his great faithfulness toward God’s calling and plans. He was even willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Once again, God promised that not only Abraham himself but all his family and descendants will receive His grace and most importantly, all nations on earth will be blessed because he had obeyed God. In the end, God fulfilled His promises and showed his grace towards Isaac, Jacob and thousand generations after that simply because Abraham had faithfully fulfilled God’s general call.
We, as humans, are constantly making decisions in hope of a better life, so imagine if we are Abraham in this situation, would we sacrifice our beloved son? Would we leave our comfort zone and travel to other foreign country? I think majority of people would hesitate to do that. However, we must answer God’s calling and follow his plans in order to see the ultimate grace that he has already promised to us. After studying the scriptures, it reminded me of the time when I was struggling to keep up the study pace in physiotherapy. I was doubting myself that I won’t be able to finish all the study needed before the exam, so I cried. However, I had a dream that night. I dreamed I was carrying a heavy rock on my back, and can barely move, then Jesus came and removed the rock from me and said “Get up! Tomorrow is going to be a new day.” I remember the day after I had this dream, I was able to finish an entire book of study notes that I thought would require a week to complete. I don’t believe that I could do this by my own strength, but rather through God given power and wisdom. That was the first time I felt God’s grace working within me. If I it was up to me, I would already given up studying, but because God told me to ‘get up’ instead of ‘give up’,I was able to do the impossible.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for showing your grace upon us. We understand we will face many challenges in our life. However, if we keep following your plans and callings, we will see Your kindness and grace just like Abraham did. We pray that we will be used as Your vessels in all Your plans so that we can be the light that shine Your light. We pray that You will guide us and lead us in all we do. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.