40. Lessons from Abraham's life

Abraham married again close to the end of his life. He married Keturah and she bore him six sons. God had blessed a man with no descendants to a man with eight sons in total! He was truly blessed. And when the time came for him to die, he left everything to Isaac, but he gave gifts to all his other sons too. He died at the ripe old age of 175. And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the same cave as Sarah, the cave of Machpelah.

He truly was a blessed man and after his death:

"After Abraham's death, God poured out rich blessings on Isaac." Genesis 25:11

Abraham had a rich, full, blessed life and God was continuing these blessings on Isaac, due to the promises He had made to Abraham.

What can we learn from Abraham's life? Well, I think first of all he obeyed God. When God told him to move from his home country, he did. He didn't know where he was going, but God looked after him. He built altars to the Lord everywhere he went and made sure that he and his household stay close to the Lord. He pleaded for the godless cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and cared for his nephew, Lot, even though Lot didn't do much to earn the favour. He also rescued Lot once and didn't hesitate to take on a whole army, because he knew God was with him. He was honest in his business dealings and he had a positive influence on all he met. He was an effective witness to God and gave Him all the glory for his riches.

He believed God when God made a covenant with him and followed through on his side of the covenant, namely to circumcise the men in household, immediately. He didn't waver in his faith. He also acted immediately when God told him to go and sacrifice Isaac. He believed that God will revive Isaac from the dead if he sacrificed him. He placed God first above all. He also believed that God will help him in finding the right wife for Isaac. He trusted God for that and God helped him to find the perfect one.

But Abraham also made mistakes. He lied twice and said that Sarah was his sister and gave her to the kings of the day. And of course he and Sarah tried to force God's hand and had a child through Hagar, instead of waiting on God to deliver on His promises. He was just a human as we are today. But God was faithful to him and even helped him with the mistakes he made. And in the New Testament we never read anything about Abraham's mistakes, we read about his faith and how he trusted God above all else. Isn't that just wonderful? God doesn't remember our mistakes, but chooses to focus on our positive points! And even if we make mistakes, He will help us through them!

There's so much to learn from Abraham's life and I hope you can take some of these lessons and apply them to your life. I know I have certainly learned a lot!

Therefore I would like to end of this series with a blessing. I want to pronounce the following blessing on your life and I hope that you take it and make it your own:

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you and keep you. May His face shine with favour towards you. May He look after you just as He did with Abraham. May you be blessed just as Abraham was. You are his spiritual children and therefore all God's promises made to Abraham are  yours too. May these blessings rain on you, may it invigorate you, and may it sustain you and give you the strength to obey God just like Abraham did. May you make a difference on all those around you just like Abraham did and may God give you His Shalom peace and keep you safe from all harm. In Jesus' Name. Amen

4 comments for “40. Lessons from Abraham's life”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 7:17:59 AM

    Wow, Ilze, thank you for the blessing!May God bless you in the same way. I know He will. Abraham's story is a great lesson in unconditional faith.

  2. Gravatar of Anja WakefordAnja Wakeford
    Posted Thursday, 25 February 2016 at 10:04:19 PM

    Hello Ilze

    Thank you for this wonderful inspiring journey I could have done with you. There was so much blessing and wisdom in these teachings of Abraham and time and time again I had to pass it on to my sister of a girlfriend.

    I can't wait to join you on your next journey!

    Love Anja

  3. Gravatar of TanjaTanja
    Posted Friday, 26 February 2016 at 8:57:25 AM

    Thank you for reminding us every week that God loves us unconditionally. May the same blessing be upon you and you precious family.

  4. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Thursday, 03 March 2016 at 9:14:41 AM

    The journey with Abraham strengthen my faith anew. Looking forward to the journey with the piggies?!

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