ABRAHAM : Journey of A Pilgrim

ABRAHAM : Journey of A Pilgrim

The Lord had said to Abraham ,

“Leave your country , your people and your fathers household and go to the land I will show you.

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 people of the earth will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 11: 1 - 3


So Abraham left his hometown Haran as the Lord had told him. Abraham was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. He took with him his wife Sarai and his nephew lot and all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran and they set out for the land of Canaan and they arrived there.

At seventy-five years old, Abraham finds a new beginning, he is about to tread the journey of faith , the life of a pilgrim, At God’s call, Abraham left a civilization, his father’s gods and spent his life wandering in the wilderness trusting God completely.

Moving his flocks from place to place , fighting skirmishes and pitched battles with hostile local people, Abraham had to be strong to survive. But this hardly made him unique; lots of strong nomads wandered the MiddleEast. What made this particular wanderer so remarkable ?

Abraham was exceptionally remarkable first and foremost, because God chose him. Out of all the people of the many nations on earth, God called out Abraham by virtue of God’s sovereign election. Shortly after the devastation brought about by the Great Flood God picked Abraham as a foundation of a new nation who will walk in accordance to God’s will and ways., a nation to whom God will establish His covenant.

On several remarkable occasions God spoke directly to him, promising to make his family great in the land he wandered. The promises were hard to believe for an ordinary person, Abraham’s wife was barren and past the age of child-bearing, Abraham was getting too old to have children, he owned no land and had no prospect of any. Nevertheless Abraham put his faith in God. And God was greatly pleased by Abraham’s childlike faith.

Secondly, Abraham was remarkable because he is a man of great faith. When God spoke to him, Abraham listened. He believe every Word God spoke. He was far from perfection. There are times he strayed away from the path God placed him on, lying and trying to make promises work out in his own way, devicing schemes out of God’s will. Yet in the decisive moments of life, he listened to God and obeyed. He was willing to sacrifice anything for God – even his only son. Abraham did not withhold to give as a sacrifice his only son Isaac. God put his brand on Abraham, the mark of circumcision. His descendants were to be forever known as God’s people.

The life story of Abraham is a story of great fascination. Abraham’s life is a life of great faith and great submission to the will of God.. Abraham’s greatness lies in his submission to the will of God. Abraham’s life is also a story of great friendship between God and Abraham. It reveals that God is the greatest friend a person can have on earth. It reveals that God is in constant pursuit of a relationship with man..The recipient of God’s friendship will surely receive great manifold of blessings. Abraham’s life was greatly blessed by God , materially and spiritually, Though Abraham acquired great material possessions , his heart remained detouched from these material possessions.He has no permanent dwelling on earth, just living in tents , Abraham lived the life of a pilgrim looking forward to a heavenly home as it is written in Hebrews 11:9

“By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents as did Isaac and Jacob who were heir with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God.”

When Abraham died, God’s promises were far from fully materialized. Abraham had only that one son to cling to. His only land was a burial plot. He still lived in tent. His only permanent structures were altars erected to worship the God who had made all those promises. God, having promised him everything a man of that time could want , apparently wanted Abraham to think even bigger thoughts. He had slipped some words in along with the promise of offspring and land. “ All people of the earth will be blessed through you.”

God indeed wanted to bless not just Abraham but the whole world. Thousands of years later, in the time of Jesus, the full meaning of those words became clear as it is written in Galatians 3:6-9.

Consider Abraham; “ He believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. Understand then that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and announced the Gospel in advance to Abraham. ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.”

This article is an excerpt from The New International Version – Devotional Study Bible.

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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Cristina,

"The life story of Abraham is a story of great fascination. Abraham’s life is a life of great faith and great submission to the will of God.. Abraham’s greatness lies in his submission to the will of God." AMEN, AMEN.

I am sure life for Abraham was very trying and difficult, yet he refused to dilute his faith even if it meant sacrificing the life of his son.

As we walk the pilgrim's way, may we be encouraged by the life of Abraham and other great people of faith.

Love, peace and joy in Him,

Forever His,


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi RevLady it is very encouraging to read your comment for this hub. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Yes Abraham's greatness lies in his submission to the will of God. So it is for every believer. Abraham's life of faith serves as a model for every christian and would be christian. Truly the righteous shall live by faith. Blassings to you and best regards.


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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

This is a great hub about a great man. I love the fact that Abraham obeyed God, in the face of the unknown. So often, we want to know the whole plan before we are obedient. Abraham was a good example of just trusting and obeying.

Namaste.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Deborah Demander it is great to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you.


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DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

Thanks for a wonderful study on one of my personal heroes - it was my devotional this morning.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate Cristina: Indeed Abraham was one of God's most obedient, and His reward for his obedience was indeed enormous. Abraham was a man of great Faith in God, as illustrated over and over in The Holy Bible.

Thank you for this Hub Ate.

Brother Dave.


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mattmilamii 5 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God

Romans 1:5-6(NIV)

Through him and for his name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

There is a reason why faith is counted as righteousness... it's called obedience. Just as scripture tells us that the righteous shall walk by faith; Abraham took that walk literally. He gives a great example for all of us who are called of God through Christ Jesus. Our faith is measured by the obedience of our walk.

Blessings

Matt.


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

So often as Christians we tend to focus solely on the New Testament. I am glad for people like you and RevLady among others that take us back to the roots of our faith and the Old Testament heroes, which in reality were ordinary men with shortcomings just as we are today. God never whitewashes the truth. These were not extrordinary people for the most part. This brings me comfort. They simply listened and obeyed the leadings of an awesome God. Lord help me to do the same! Glad you are OK after the storm. I saw it reported that there were casualties and that 250,000 were left homeless. I pray the Lord bring comfort to those in need and move on the hearts of His people to help wherever possible.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave Price Thanks for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi Dave Matthews it is great to read your comment here. Thanks for a visit. Your comment is much appreciated. Abraham is truly a

great man of God. Without clear blueprint, he trusted God completely. He became obedinet to God until his death. He is willing to give up everything for God even his son Isaac. Blessings to you.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi mattmilamii it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for dropping by. Your additional input is much appreciated. As Abraham lived, the righteous shall live by faith. It is the only way a christian is meant to live. Blessings to you and regrads.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi fred allen it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Thank you also for your prayers given in behalf of us during the times of storm. By God's grace and mercy we are safe and sound. Manila is not much affected except for some low areas. But another storm is on its way. Pray that it will not make a landfall on the archipelago. Throughout the storms and distress we truly can depend on our God. Blessings to you and best regards.


Alice A. Mercader 5 years ago

Hi,Cristy!I have just read your latest article.I like it.It reminds me about my faith.I hope so I would be like Abraham too.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila Author

Hi ate Alice thanks for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you. Regards.

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