January 9 – We Are Blessed to Bless

We now fast forward several generations to the time of a man named Abram.  God calls Abram to leave the familiar to go to where He will show him.  God then makes an extraordinary promise to Abram: “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.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  God’s Story goes on to say that Abram left, as the Lord had told him.  Oh, the blessings that obedience brings!

An old timey gospel chorus comes to my mind, “Wherever He leads, I’ll go.”  I wonder what came to Abram’s mind as he stepped out in faith. He could have ignored God, and gone on living as before.  Aren’t you glad he obeyed?  We are blessed because he listened and followed God.  God blessed Abram to be a blessing and we too are blessed to bless.  How are we extending God’s blessing today?  Think about the many ways we are loved and cared for by God.  His Presence is with us always. Blessing continues to be God’s plan for all people so let’s not miss out on His strategy, but look for ways to join Him in blessing.

Genesis 12:2-3 NIV