Who is our God? What is He like?
He is a God in Whom we can have confidence.
We have already discussed the great faith of Abram (later called Abraham), pointing to the fact that the reason he could exercise such great faith was because he had such a great God. Today we continue on with that thought in light of the story presented to us in Genesis thirteen.
As the account goes, Lot’s herdsmen and Abram’s herdsmen were quarreling over grazing land in the area. Abram, in his wisdom, decided it was best for the two men to part ways. He made a very generous offer to his nephew Lot. He allowed Lot to pick whatever land he desired.
The words of Abram are recorded in verse nine:
Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.
What a powerful statement! What a testimony to Abram’s faith, but more importantly, what a greater testimony to Abram’s God. Remember, though this land was promised to him, it was not yet rid of the inhabitants. There were challenges that lay before him as a result. However, Abram’s offer to Lot proved one thing for sure, and that is, Abram served a God in whom he could place complete confidence.
No matter the decision that Lot made; no matter the direction he chose to go and settle, Abram was content to take the other way. The promises of his God were faithful and true. He could be confident that what God said, He would do.
And this is the testimony that we see about God throughout the scripture. The examples are endless, but I am reminded of a very specific verse that speaks to this aspect of God’s character. We read as God encourages Joshua in his new leadership role:
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.(Joshua 1:5)
Confidence. What a blessed quality to have in the God we serve. You can trust Him. His promises are true. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Wow!
Behold our God!