Words from the Heart for Monday January 7th, 2019
And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.
Genesis 22:18 (NLT)
Through Your Descendants
The surprise discovery of traces of European ancestry in the 24,000-year-old bones of a boy unearthed in the heart of Siberia has caught the attention of Canadian experts, who say the find could rewrite the story of the people who first populated ancient Canada and the rest of the Americas. It turns out that his DNA has commonalities with both modern western Europeans and aboriginal peoples of North America. This helps explain why there are traces of European DNA in Canada’s First Nations.
Abraham could not possibly have known the implications of God’s call upon his life and the covenant promise that God made to him in Genesis 22:18: “And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.” The world was a small place in Abraham’s day, and the population was small. Even so, he must have wondered how this could be. But the Lord God who made this promise to Abraham knew, not only the implications for Abraham’s day, but for ours. God would make His promise come true through the descendants of Abraham all the way to God’s own Son, Jesus. It is through Him and those of us who have put our faith and trust in Him, that our world is blessed. And it all started with a faithful man named Abraham, who walked by faith. As far back as Genesis 22, Abraham is commended for his faith. It was his faith that guaranteed his eternal impact. God’s plan never changes. It is by faith that we walk, too, and one day, as we walk in faith, we will hear the same God commend us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
These have been words from the heart.