Get a Good Start in Life

The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “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.” So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him. From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD. – Genesis 12:1-8

Everyone wants to get a good start in life. Most parents see that as the most important part of raising their children, to make sure that they get a good start. They teach them about life, send them to school, take them to church, get them interested in sports or hobbies, and maybe even send them to college. If children get a good start, they have a better chance of having a good life. Most will also agree that having a good role model is important to getting a good start.

Our Bible reading today is about Abram, later known as Abraham. It is the beginning of the record of his life and if you read it carefully you can see that he would make a good role model. He shows us how to get a good start in life.

First of all he listened to God. God told Abram that he wanted him to move to a land far away from his home land. Even though he didn’t know where God was leading him, Abram listened to God’s word and obeyed. (God was going to guide Abram to the land of Canaan.) Listening and obeying God’s word is one way to get a good start in life.

Next Abram believed God’s promises. Along with promising to bless Abram’s life, God also promised that the whole world would be blessed through him. Abram recognized those words of God as a promise that the Savior of the world would come from his descendants. Abram trusted God as his Savior, another sure way to get a good start in life.

Then we are told that as he traveled and settled in the land, Abram stopped and took time to worship God. He saw the Lord’s hand in his life, and he took the time to acknowledge the Lord’s blessings and thank him. A person who sees his life as a gift from God has a good start in life.

After his good beginning, the Bible records the rest of Abram’s life. Like most people’s lives, Abram had a lot of ups and downs, but God never left him. God kept his promises; he prospered Abram and protected him. Most importantly, he fulfilled his promise of bringing the Savior into the world from the line of his family.

It’s interesting that the “good start” that Abram got in life began when he was 75 years old! It just goes to show you that it is never too late to get a good start.

Prayer: Lord, help me to hear your word and obey it. By the power of your Spirit, like Abram, help me to believe in you as my Savior. Amen.

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