Friday, February 05, 2016

Sarah: A Journey of Faith

There's a lot to learn from Sarah and you can find out what lessons she teaches us the next few Fridays on this blog. These devotions are from The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible with some bonus features added.
A picture a friend sent me of Starring Women of the Bible on display

A Journey of Faith
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.." Genesis 12:1
     Sarah made the move from the Ur, the New York City of the ancient world, to Haran. She settled there with her family for many years. The whole family remained in Haran until her father-in-law, Terah, died. After Terah's death, God called Abraham to finish the journey Terah had started.
     This move was truly a journey of faith and obedience. God didn't tell them where they would be going when they set out, but they trusted him to take care of them. Once again Sarah had to pack up and leave all she knew to follow God's leading. The family journeyed another 600 miles into the area that is now modern Israel. In exchange for their faith and obedience, God made a promise to Abraham and Sarah. He promised them that they would become a great nation and be famous--not famous in the way that a movie star or sports figure is famous, but they would always be remembered--and blessed. This was God's covenant, or agreement, with Abraham: "Follow me and I will bless you."
     Abraham did follow God and finished the journey to Canaan with Sarah at his side. Abraham and Sarah were the father and mother of the Israelite nation. King David, one of the most famous rulers of Israel (yep, the one who defeated Goliath), was part of Abraham's family tree. So was Jesus, who was born to save us all from sin and death. If Abraham and Sarah hadn't trusted in God and obeyed him, God wouldn't have poured his blessings out on their family for generations to come. Sometimes making the right decisions and obeying God doesn't just affect one person here and now, but it makes a difference for future family members too.

Thinking it Through:
     Why did Abraham and Sarah obey God even when they had no idea where they were going? Because they trusted that God knew what was best for them. God wants you to obey him too. No, you don't have to journey by camel 1,200 miles, but there are things you can do now.
     Here are some things God wants you to do now. Read each one. Circle A for always do it, S for sometimes do it and N for seldom or never do it.
     1. Obey your parents. (Ephesians 6:1)                                                       A  S  N
     2. Be kind to others. (Ephesians 4:32)                                                       A  S  N
     3. Treat others the way you want to be treated. (Matthew 7:12)              A  S  N
     4.  Think about things that are true, pure and excellent. (Phil 4:8)            A  S  N
     5.  Forgive others who are unkind or wrong you. (Colossians 3:13)         A  S  N

     Did you circle mostly A's? These are just a few of the things God wants you to do. God called Abraham and Sarah because they had already shown obedience by following the rules he had given them. When you are willing to obey God in the little things, then he'll give you greater things to do for him.

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Each time you leave a comment on a post about Sarah, I will enter your name into the drawing. So you can have your name in the drawing multiple times. USA mailing addresses only.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I never knew that they had big cities like that in Bible times. I thought they just had villages.