Advent 1 – The Invitation
Monday, December 3

Genesis 12:1, 4
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land
I will show you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.Abram’s story is repeated over and over in the Bible. What was it that made

Abram’s (aka Abraham) story such a big deal? Quite simply, he answered the call of God to go and by faith he went. God called Abram out of a country of idol worship, to leave his family and friends and all that he knew to follow God to a new place. Abraham didn’t have a guarantee that all would be fulfilled as God promised, he only had faith that God would do what He said He would do. It is very similar to Mary’s story that we heard this past weekend. Mary didn’t have a guarantee that God would do what He said He would do, she just believed He would.

We have faith in a lot of things. We have faith that if someone invites us for Christmas dinner, they will have dinner for us. We have faith that if someone promises to make a place for you to sleep when you visit them, that they will do just that. We believe and trust in a lot of things that we do not see. So why is it that at times, we have a hard time believing God and His promises to us?

We will be let down by many people who don’t live up to their promises because people aren’t perfect, but God is perfect and his Word is truth. We can trust God and know that what He promises will be ours.

What are you trusting God with today? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you believe. We are blessed when we believe (Luke 1:45).

By Sue Oberg, Director of Congregational Life & God’s GALS Precept study