ABRAHAM

God told Abraham to leave Ur to go to a land that He would show him.  I’ve often wondered if Abraham disobeyed God’s direction to him.  God said he was to get out of his country, and from his kindred, and from his father’s house but when he left he took his father and Lot with him.  Was that leaving his kindred and his father’s house?  If Abraham had not taken Lot, his future seed would not have had the problems they did with the Moabites and the Ammonites, descendants of Lot’s sons, Moab and Ammon who were born through incest.

So at last they arrived in Canaan, the land God intended to give Abraham and his seed.  One would think their arrival would have called for a big celebration, and that God would have “thrown a party” to welcome them.  Just the opposite seems to be true:

They were now surrounded by the Canaanites, extremely wicked people who gave them no welcome

Possibly some of the souls they had gained in Haran, where idolatry was no doubt common, were lured into the ways of the Canaanites which would have burdened Abraham.

 He had probably had a solid, and perhaps luxurious house back in Ur while here he had no permanent place to live but had to camp in tents

It wasn’t long before they were in the midst of a serious famine.

 God had promised him a child, but that wasn’t happening.  

He was constantly having to mediate and try to keep peace. 

God had truly called him, and God loved him, but was allowing him to experience the hardships and trials of life.  God seemed to have forgotten Abraham after his arrival there, because God would have him learn to live by faith!

How true in our lives!  Often the way seems dark, troublesome, giving us a “where-are-you-God” feeling.  Without faith it is  impossible to please Him, and He is challenging us to trust Him even when the way is hard.

 

My Son (On His First Day of School)

He marched off today like a soldier,

      But no soldier could look so grand.

His head was brushing the fluffy clouds;

      His pencil was clutched in his hand.

A soldier with patriot ardor

      In the battle or solemn parade

Could not know such pride as my five-year-old

      As he joyfully entered first grade.

 

His first day of high school or college

      Will be thrilling and challenging, too.

He will meet them with anticipation

      For experiences which are new.

But the joy that he finds at those portals

      Will be joy that is shopworn and frayed

Compared with the joy that he knew today

      When he proudly set off for first grade.

 

I have seen a great queen’s coronation.

      I have seen many rulers and kings.

They travel in pomp and in splendor

      With the prestige their high estate brings.

But today there’s not one of those monarchs

      Who could fill my son’s shoes as he’s made

This gigantic step over the threshold

      Which has ushered him into first grade!