Genesis 12:2-3; Divine pottery.
‘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.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.’
‘Great lives are trained by great promises.’ Dr.Joseph Parker. I like Warren Wiersbe’s comment that: ‘We are not saved by making promises to God; we are saved by believing Gods’s promises to us.’ ‘The Wiersbe Bible Commentary (OT),’ p.58 God repeatedly said to Abraham: ‘’I will.’’ It was for Abraham to believe that God would do as He said, and set out in confidence. I heard Rick Warren say that the Holy Spirit meets us where we step out in obedience. We don’t wait to feel Him before we obey. Rather, we do what God tells us to do, and in that place of obedience we experience the Holy Spirit’s power to enable us. We are to trust that God will do what He says He will do, when we do what He tells us to do. For example, don’t wait to feel the Spirit before witnessing. Witness because the Lord tells you to, and there you will experience the Holy Spirit. But, ‘If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.’ Ronald Dunn said, ‘Too many Christians are looking for the feeling of the Holy Spirit.’ He may well have been right.
Christianity starts with a call: ‘’…follow me, and I will make you…’’ God has the right to shape us and form us as He chooses. We are clay. He is the Potter. He knows what He is doing. The big issue is not who we are, or who we think we are (or what we think we are not, even). It’s who He is, and what He wants to do in and through us.
When God called Moses, the man who was to become a great leader, was not short of an excuse or two. When Moses said to God, ‘’Who am I…?’ (Exodus 3:11), the Lord didn’t answer that question. He said, ‘’I will be with you…’’ (Exodus 3:12). That was enough. It always will be.
PRAYER: Have your own way Lord, have your own way. You are the Potter, I am the clay.