It was the promise of promises:
““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 peoples on earth will be blessed through you.””
Genesis 12:2-3 NIV
Abraham was 75. His wife 65. Not exactly the time in life to plan a new family, let alone a nation. Yet this is the promise God gave to Abraham. The promise was grand. It was beyond anything Abraham could ask, think, or imagine. It was a promise of blessing. It was a promise of legacy.
I’m often asked, “how do I know if a promise is from God or is it just my vain imagination?” Well, look at the promise given to Abraham. Is the promise beyond what you could do on your own; is it beyond your wildest imagination? Will it bless you and others? Will it affect generations? Then it is probably from God.
So how do we respond? Abraham believed and then he took a step of obedience. We believe and take a step of obedience.
What promise has God given you? Does it seem too good to be true? That is actually the hallmark of a God given promise. This promise may have come from God’s still small voice or through a prophetic word but honor the promise. Write it down. Declare it over your life. Imagine yourself walking in the promise. Share it with a few people you can trust. Position yourself to receive the promise which may mean taking a step of faith in obedience.
God’s promises are yes and amen!