Abraham Answered God’s Call
God Works Through People
What can you do all alone?
With no one else to help you or share with you, or be with you, what would you be able to accomplish?
You can pray all alone. But when you pray you acknowledge another presence. God is there.
You can read all alone. But when you read you acknowledge the presence of others. A writer is there, a printer, perhaps a careful scholar who translated into your own language symbols which otherwise would be only spots of ink to you.
There is very little that you can do alone.
What can God do alone?
God is all powerful. He depends upon no one and from no one asks permission. He is the sovereign power over the universe. All creation is from His hand and has as its purpose to glorify His name.
Yet He created mankind because He did not wish to be alone. He created mankind to share the life and beauty of creation and to communicate with Him and worship Him.
We know that God had a plan for the people He created. He was displeased when they fell into sin. He sent a great flood in judgment, to demonstrate how terrible sin is, for it separates man from God. After the flood God began anew to work with His people and to accomplish His purpose for them. He began to build a nation of faithful followers who would bring honor to God and blessing to all mankind.
Once again God demonstrated the nature of His relationship with people. The sovereign God chose to work through people. He could have done everything alone, but He shared responsibility and assigned man to be His agents on earth. This teaches us that our lives are entwined with the purpose of God. We cannot find peace if we do not do His will. And He does not abandon us without offering us mercy. It is part of His nature to desire our response to Him. He did not begin His new nation by working alone. He found a man through whom He could make known His will. He chose Abraham to be the father of the faithful. And He called Abraham His friend.
For You To Do
Circle the letters which indicate true endings for the following statement. We know that people are important to God because
a) He needs help from them.
b) He called Abraham His friend.
c) He desires worship from them.
d) He shares responsibility and privilege with them.
e) He abandons them when they fail.