-- MAY 17, 2020
CAN I TRUST GOD?
Part 8: Abraham's Selfishness
Abraham wanted a bride for Isaac and so he sent a
trusted servant back to the family he left behind to find a wife for
his son. Eliezer stopped outside the city of Nahor and asked God to
set up a divine appointment. His prayer of faith was answered when
Rebekah arrived and it turned out that she was a great-niece to
Abraham. Eliezer shared his story and the men of the family agreed
this was an act of God and so Rebekah traveled home with him to
marry Isaac. Abraham remarried soon thereafter, but he was not
content with Keturah, and also impregnated a number of concubines.
He selfishly focused on pleasure for 38 years, and before he died,
he forced out all the children of these women and ordered them to
travel east. Abraham had no plans for them, nor did he show any
interest in the welfare of Keturah and the concubines. Many of the
faith heroes in the Bible had a shaky start. They were touched by
God, grew in faith and reached a high plateau, only to lose ground
and end up in a pitiful state. This was the case with Abraham. It is
great to be able to trust God, but it is even greater if we use our
faith to reach out to those around us.
All Scripture references are taken
from the King James Bible.
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