Day 62: Hope and Endurance

Genesis 12:1-3

Now Yahweh said to Abram, “Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you. All of the families of the earth will be blessed in you.”

God’s plan to save man was to continue through Abraham’s family. So, God made a promise to Abraham that everyone in the world would be blessed through him. It was God’s plan that Jesus would be born from Abraham’s family through one of His distant granddaughters. When God revealed this to Abraham, he also told him to leave Haran and his relatives. God didn’t even tell Abraham where he was going. He only told him that He would show him later.

It is important that God didn’t just tell Abraham to leave. He also told him that He had big plans for his family. This shows us God’s love, because God doesn’t just tell us to do things. He gives us hope that causes us to have joy as we encounter the difficulties in life that we must face. God gave Abraham a great hope for the future when He told him to leave his home town and his family and God does the same for us as Christians.

In heaven, where we are going, Jesus has prepared a place for us. We won’t have any pain or any trouble there. In fact, the Bible tells us that in God’s presence there are everlasting pleasures. It tells us that we have an inheritance there that will never go down in value.

There is nothing worse than what Jesus had to go through, and even He had hope when He went to the cross. Jesus didn’t enjoy the suffering He did for us. Here’s what the Bible says:

Hebrews 12:2b :

who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

When Jesus died for us, he despised the shame of it but he had a great hope that gave him joy that caused him to endure what He despised. He wanted to obey His father and
He fought to save mankind. I believe we have it even better than Abraham did, we know the wonders of what God has already done for us and we have a great hope
for the future as well.