Day 2

I Will Bless You

from the Promises of God reading plan

Genesis 12:1-7, Galatians 3:15-29, Romans 4:13-25, Hebrews 11:8-16

BY She Reads Truth

As the story of the Bible opens, we encounter human failure at every turn. Adam and Eve invite sin and death into our world. Cain kills Abel, even after God warns him about the evil lurking in his heart. And there’s nearly everyone else—“every inclination of the human mind was nothing but evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5). Who could blame God if He had decided enough was enough? But in Genesis 12, God does something tremendously gracious: He chooses to befriend an elderly man from Mesopotamia and bless him beyond all imagination.

The promises God made to Abram, later renamed Abraham, seem too big for reality: descendants enough to replace the stars in the sky, with kings among their number; a name known far and wide; and a piece of real estate approximately the size of New Hampshire. These promises seem so removed from our everyday lives that we tend to leave them in the past, there among the tents and flocks of Abraham and Sarah. But the New Testament tells us that these promises are actually ours in Christ.

We are counted among the stars in the sky Abraham saw, heirs of the blessings bestowed upon the patriarch in response to his faith (Galatians 3:29). Abraham is our father by the way of the promise, just as he was Isaac’s (Romans 4:17). We are even “kings,” since we have been given a royal priesthood (Genesis 17:6; 1 Peter 2:9). And the land? That may be the best part. In Christ, that promise has been transformed, stretched out, and enlarged. It now encompasses the whole earth (Romans 4:13), including the city of New Jerusalem where we will one day live with God, just as Adam and Eve did so many years ago in Eden (Hebrews 11:16; Revelation 21:2–3). In God’s promises to Abraham, Christ has transformed our failures into blessings, not because we deserve it, but because He is just that good.

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123 thoughts on "I Will Bless You"

  1. Sherri Henderson says:

    Hebrews 11:15 “if they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return”
    That scripture so hot my heart this morning. I often think back on a time that seems better than today. This was a good reminder for me to be thinking of the promises of God, moving forward towards what He has spoken. I do not want to repeat yesterday but press on because greater is what He has promised. I am reminded to fill my thoughts with His promises and never waiver. Thank you for posting! I am blessed.

  2. Caylie Evans says:

    Praise God for his grace! What we fail at, he turns to blessings. When we intend harm, he makes good. He sees our sin and gives us grace. He doesn’t let it define us but rather chooses to become our defining factor. I am broken but I am made whole by Him!

  3. Stacey Copeland says:

    I love this – romans 4:20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God… Lord, let no unbelief make my faith waiver and allow me to rest in your promises!

  4. Ferran Kefauver says:

    I love that He blesses us not because we deserve it but because He loves us and He is just good. That’s so reassuring to me because I often feel so undeserving.

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