Know who you are

Have you ever noticed that some people come up trumps whatever they do, whilst others get away with nothing? My husband tells the story of a school trip down the River Mersey, on the Royal Iris. He was queuing up at the boat’s kiosk  to buy himself a drink. All the other kids were pushing and shoving the way to the front, while he waited patiently. Soon he was further back than before, so fortitude vanished and he started elbowing his way forwards like the others. As he got to the front, the vendor cried out to him, “Hey you, stop pushing! Get to the back!” He never got his drink!

Abraham seems to be one of the ones who get blessed nomatter what they get up to. The bible often surprises us with unpredictable outcomes. You’d have thought Abimelech would have sent him off with a flee in his ear. He’d been economical with the truth, endangered his wife and nearly caused disaster in Abimelech’s household, and now Abimelech is richly compensating him! (Genesis 20 v 5) I mean, how much can you get away with!

Abraham had thought his best protection would be to pass Sarah off as his sister. In actual fact, his best protection was always that God was with him. God seems to have blessed Abraham and Sarah, not because they were wonderful people, not because they were  obedient, not even because they trusted him. He blessed them because of who they were. He had chosen them as his people, to create a nation that would be his nation, through whom all peoples of the world would be blessed.

A child of God is a child of God. And if you are a child of God, he will bless you not because of the things you do, not because you are good, but because you are who you are.


About widemargin

Retired special needs teacher, now full time carer for a wonderful person with Advanced Parkinson's Disease. 'They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.' So glad I have my Lord Jesus to help me through every day.
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2 Responses to Know who you are

  1. Susan Taylor says:

    Wow! That’s fantastic! I especially love the part about his best protection was always that God was with him. Thank you for that wonderful reminder!

    Love susan

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. widemargin says:

    Thank you Susan. It always amazes me how the little details of scripture stories reveal so much about God, and it’s just as relevant to us in our lives today as it was for Abraham and Sarah way back then.

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