Sorry this is coming out today. Yesterday I meant to get around to it but forgot :)
So.. God’s promises. What are they? Genesis 12-50 is full of God’s promises. (Or should I say, promise.) Listen: (Gen. 12:1-3)
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Count how many times it says, “I will” in this passage. Um.. about a bajillion. God promises that he will bless Abraham (and us.) God blesses us so that we “will be a blessing”. God gives us stuff so that we can give it to other people. It’s like a watering can: you put water in it, then you pour it onto flowers to make them grow. God wants us to use our blessings to bless others!
In Genesis 1-11, it is all about how humans fail. Beginning in Genesis 12, the story begins to better show how God never fails. God promised Abraham that he would make him a great nation, with many children. But Sarah was barren. (Gen. 11:30) However, God gave Abraham children by working a miracle in Sarah. Abraham’s son Isaac’s wife Rebekah was also barren. (Gen. 25:21) How could Abraham’s line continue? Once again, God worked. But guess what… Jacob’s wife Rachel was barren too. (Gen. 29:31) See a theme here? God choses the barren and hopeless. Why?
God works through the hopeless, sinful, depraved, and totally incapable man so that only he gets the glory. Think about it for a minute. God choses humans- people who cannot possibly carry out what they should- so that in the end He is the only one worthy of praise. In our human minds, we can’t understand this. We can’t understand how a “perfect” God could “selfishly” want all the glory for himself. But the thing is, He deserves it. No human is perfect. We don’t deserve glory in anything. But God is perfect. You can say it in a logical sequence:
Perfection deserves glory. God is perfect. Therefore, God deserves glory.
Imperfection does not deserve glory. Humans are imperfect. Therefore, humans do not deserve glory.
It’s simple and yet so difficult. God uses sinful humans to accomplish huge and great plans for his glory. Think about you. God is using YOU to accomplish huge and great plans for his glory. And none of that glory belongs to us. Isn’t God so cool? :D