“You’re Making it Too Complicated!” – Genesis 12:1-3

Genesis 12:1-3

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

I want to be as simple and direct as I can with this devotion. For most of us, our lives are too complicated and it is not supposed to be that way. God made life to be simple and ordinary. Let me explain.

God gave Abram a promise that he would be a blessing to all nations and God would give him some land. God later said this blessing would come through Abram’s children. So, it seems that God was calling Abram to an extraordinary life. Well, He was, but for that to happen, Abram just had to live a normal life in faith and God would produce the extraordinary. 

What was the rest of Abram’s life? “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” Abram’s goal was to try to have a child and live on the land God promised. It really was that simple.

Noah was told an extraordinary flood was coming. But, Noah did the ordinary and built a boat. David slung a rock, Daniel went to sleep, Elijah preached a sermon. All ordinary acts that God used for extraordinary plans.

God intends for us to live, work, raise families, love one another, and even struggle, but He will squeeze divine things out of it. In essence, our contribution to the divine is to live obediently and leave the divine result to Him.

Life does not have to be complicated. Obey God’s voice by living a normal Christian life. Then God will bring out the divine plans that make your normal life extraordinary. It relieves unwarranted worry and allows us to live restful in the present. Oh! The sweet fellowship we can have will Christ in the simple life.

While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions: 
  • Do you find yourself making things too complicated at times? In what ways? 
  • Do you believe that living through faith in Christ is simple? Are simple and easy the same thing? 
  • What would a less complicated life lived in faith look like for you? What are some practical steps you can make today in that direction? 
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you? 
Explain – what does the passage mean? 
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today? 
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Pastor Stephen Williams
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