Abram

Childless and Hopeless, but the One, True God Searches and Pursues Him and Meets Him in His Crisis and Need

Genesis 12:1-3

Abraham and Sarah are first introduced in the Bible as Abram and Sarai (Genesis 11:29)[1], both childless and hopeless. In those days people did not believe in life after death, so the father lived through his children. To not have children meant the gods were mad at you, and you were under a curse; shamed and exiled, many times, from the community.

But God revealed Himself to Abram and said; “ 

Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).

The God of Hope and Abram's Deepest Need

The first thing we see is God gave them both hope[2][3]!

What’s really interesting is that at this time, Abram and Sarai were both idol worshipers[4]. Neither have heard of this god before. But that didn’t stop the LORD[5] from reaching out and pursuing them (Luke 15). I imagine it like one-day Abram comes home to his wife. This wasn’t like any other day. There was something different about her husband. So, she asks, “How was your day hun?” He responds, “God spoke to me”.

Never in history has Abram’s god ever spoken to anyone. He was a dead god (Psalms 135:15-17). But one day while he was out tending his normal activities—God, the Creator God, the Almighty—spoke to him! The shock, the awe, but yet the hope!

He instinctively knew it wasn’t the god of his family, or tribe. This God, the One True God, addressed the one issue that was deep in his heart[6]; he had not one child, for Sarai was barren[7]

Apply

Many times, God reveals Himself to us in our distress. Most will never seek God fully unless there is a problem, a crisis, that propels that person toward Him. God does not hide from our problems, no matter how big or small. Nor, usually[8], will He simply just take them away. He desires us to be overcomers, just like He is an overcomer (Revelation 3:21)!

Prayer

God, I thank You that You are the God of hope! My crisis does not stop who You are, but rather draws Your Spirit to me that I may know You. In the middle of my storm You are there speaking and giving life. I ask that You meet my one, true desire and show yourself strong on my behalf, in Jesus’ name. 


[1]Abram meaning “exalted father” and Sarai meaning “barren mountain”.

[2]This is the God we serve. The Psalmist said "I cried to my God... He heard my voice..." (Psalms 18:6, NIV). He is not a distant God, nor uncaring, but "nigh unto them that are of a broken heart... (Psalms 34:18).

[3]Paul called him “The God of hope…”(Rom 15:13). I believe it was Kris Vallotton who said, "The one who gives the most hope has the most influence”.

[4]I’m told that they served the moon god and that the name Sarai comes from a word that means "moon". If this true we must understand the depth of her demon possession. It would be like me having a child and naming him Satan. The name itself would draw demonic spirits.

[5]This is the actual name God used to reveal Himself to Abram in Gen 12:1.

[6]God meets us at the point of desire. The reason being is because the deepest desire you have is usually the purest.

[7]In reality she was probably barren because of all the demon worship.

[8]Kris Vallotton had a very beautiful mother, but she had psoriasis. At 15 Kris prayed “God if You are real, if You heal my mom, I will find out who You are, and I will serve You the rest of my life.” An audible voice responded, “My name is Jesus Christ, and you have what you requested!” When Kris woke up the next morning, his mom was completely healed.

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