Saturday, October 19, 2002

Acts 7:3-5

"And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
Then came he out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Charan: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child."
Acts 7:3-5

This scripture is about Abraham, and the things that God told him.  ... I was reading this and thinking about what amazing faith Abraham must have had to believe some of the things that God told him... they must have seemed, in the context of his life, preposterous.  God promised him land that belonged to other people... he promised him an abundant posterity when he had no family.  And as I was thinking about Abraham, it occurred to me that we're in the same situation.  God promises us so many things that we can't see, and can't even understand how they could work out or become possible.  He asks us to leave the known and venture into the unknown, and we have to trust him when he tells us that it will be better there, since we've never been there and have no idea what it will be like.
... and, like Abraham, we will get everything we're promised.  God is faithful, and even though sometimes we get impatient with God's timing, if we stick with him, we'll have everything that we've ever been promised and more.  Sometimes it is hard to believe... I mean, how was Abraham supposed to conquer all that land, and how was he supposed to have all those children?  ... how are we supposed to face the trials that we have today, let alone the ones next week and next year?  Luckily, we have Abraham's story to read and see how those things happened... and Nephi, and Moses, and all the stories of people who believed God's promises.  They have happy endings... and that is a good thing to expect for our own lives, if we trust God and listen to his advice. :)

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