Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.
This was not the first time Abraham heard this promise from God. God promised to bless every nation through him (Gen. 12:1-3). God promised that Abraham’s offspring would be as numerous as the stars in the sky (Gen. 15:5). And Abraham took God at His word, believing His promises to be true (Gen. 15:6). Yet in Genesis 22, just before Abraham heard these words of promise once again, God called him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. To most of us it would have seemed incompatible to trust that God would multiply our offspring while also being willing to sacrifice our only child. But Abraham continued to take God at His word.
Abraham demonstrated belief that God’s purpose prevails, even when we can’t see it in the process. From the beginning, God blessed Abraham to be a blessing to all people. His promise was always to multiply his offspring beyond what Abraham could imagine. Abraham trusted God to such a degree that he was even willing to sacrifice the tangible path to this promise, according to his understanding.
Like Abraham, we are called to trust that God is multiplying His people throughout the earth. We are blessed to be a blessing. As Christ’s disciples, we are called to multiply our lives, making disciples of all nations. To live out that call and lean into that promise means laying down everything on the altar. We must be willing to lose our own lives for the sake of gaining Christ. We can’t always see what God is doing in the moment, but His promise remains true at every step.
● Do you take God at His word as Abraham did? Do you trust that His promises are really true?
● How are you currently seeking to multiply God’s blessings in your life? Are you raising up other disciples? How might the Lord want to use you to bless others?
● Thank God for the call to bless others. Ask for eyes to see and ears to hear of daily opportunities to be a conduit of God’s blessing for others.