Running the Race as a Winner
I Peter 2:5
With a parent entirely wise and good,
And my position permanently assured,
I abide with absolute security and stability
In the family of God.[i]
God spoke to Abraham and told him to leave his father’s house and go to a land that he would show him. Abraham’s father and his father’s house left for Cannon, not directly across the wasteland but up through what is now Turkey where they lived until his father dies. Abraham missed the mark on two counts: he didn’t leave his father’s house[ii], he took it with him, and he failed to go directly to Cannon. When he was seventy-five years old he left Turkey for Cannon[iii]but when life got hard because of famine, he went to Egypt where he lied and risked Sarah to ensure his own safety.[iv] God blessed him in spite of his breakdown and for a time Abraham walked close to God.[v]But he nose-dived again when he tried to accomplish God’s purpose with his own plan for a son.[vi]Again he lived in partnership with God for a time,[vii]and again missed the mark of perfection when he lied to Abimelech about Sarah to save his own neck.[viii]
The Accuser[ix]would say ,”He’s worthless. He disobeys, procrastinates, and stumbles at every turn. What good is he?” But God’s Word says, “Abraham believed God and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.”[x]
Abraham’s position with God was absolutely secure and stable. He was called blameless looking forward to that city whose builder and maker is God[xi]of which we are a part, with our position secure in Christ.
Prayer: Blesses are you, the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Jesus Christ. Thank you for the security and stability of my position in Yeshua ha Mashiach, and the confidence that you are working in my life to cause me to become more like you as I study your face in the mirror of your word and match my practice with my position.
[i] Colossians 1:13; I John 2:1.
[iii] Hebrews 11:8, 9.
[iv] Genesis 12:10-20.
[v] Genesis 13:1-4.
[vi] Genesis 13-16.
[vii] Genesis 17-19.
[viii] Genesis 20.
[ix] A name for Satan.
[x] Romans 4:16-25.
[xi] Hebrews 11:10.