Abram was coming out of Egypt. They had journeyed there during a time of famine. As he came back into the land promised to him, he traveled with his kinsman Lot. After a time, the two owned too much to stay together and Abram allowed Lot to choose part of the land for himself and Abram would take the other part. Lot chose the beautiful, well-watered Jordan Valley. “Then the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, ‘Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted,’” (Gen 13:14-16 ESV). I will give. I will make. Future tense. These are the promises of God to Abram.
Did you ever notice that Abraham is never referred to as the king of Israel? He’s not the president or the prime minister of Israel. He’s not the pastor or the priest of Israel. He’s not the general or the commander of Israel. He is called the father of Israel. That is his most important role, as a father. And that is the promise God gives him. Yes God provides land for him, but He promises it to him and his offspring. God promises to grow his family like the dust of the earth. Even after a moment when part of Abram’s family chose to take the better part of the land from him, God promises to give him all the land he could see and to bless and grow his family. Maybe we should take more seriously the roles we’ve been given as parents. That seems to be where God is focusing, maybe we should too. What if God is not centered on our role at our job or at our job, but our role in our family? What if in His story, I am not known as a musician or a worship leader or as a teacher, but as the father of my kids?
Just a thought. Your thoughts?