Read Genesis 12.
The Lord tells Abram to leave his country, family and father’s house. In return the Lord said He would make Abram a great nation, make his name great and bless him. He also said He was blessing Abram so Abram could bless others. Along with that the Lord said anyone who curses you will be cursed. All the families of the earth will be blessed through Abram.
What was Abram’s response? He departed as the Lord had spoken to him. He responded in quick obedience.
Later in the land of Canaan and Shechem, the Lord says I’m giving this land to your descendants. What was Abram’s response? He built an alter to his Lord and kept moving. He worshipped the Lord. He obeyed the Lord.
Now with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east, Abram builds another alter to the Lord and calls upon His name. What was Abram’s response? He sought the Lord’s counsel. Then he journeyed south.
Next we see Abram in Egypt during a famine. Abram fearing for his own life decides to lie about Sarai being his wife. He thought the Egyptians would kill him to take her. He starts handling things on his own rather than calling on the Lord. (See verse 10 through 16)
What happened? Abram was obedient up to this point. What caused him to not trust the Lord?
But what encourages me the most is how God chose to continue using Abram, despite his lack of faith, his need to control things, his self-preservation, his fear and his lying and his scheming. God still worked despite Abram’s missteps.
And so it is with us. We may be obedient one time and disobedient the next, just like Abram. But God still uses us. He still works in us and through us to accomplish His great purposes.
God is not looking for the perfect. He’s looking for the faithful; those who will trust Him no matter what. But even if we do slip up and depend on our own strength once in awhile, God doesn’t leave us there. He draws us back into His care.
Lord, thank you for being willing to put up with less than perfect followers. Thank you for drawing us near time and time again .In Jesus’ name we pray Amen.