Abraham was led about in various directions with the bare promise of God with no guarantees other than an inward assurance of divine care. Abraham’s challenging life experiences were more dramatic than most of ours, yet in essence not dissimilar: he was not unfamiliar with anxiety, confusion, poor decisions, disappointments, fearing the actions of others, good times condescending to lean times and then back again. Abraham even suffered the pains of a dysfunctional family: separation of children, jealousies, sibling rivalry, and power struggles. His life was full of perplexing and disheartening life ordeals, within and without, at every turn.
Although Abraham fought many life battles, his comfort was neither light or small because he had the inward assurance that in the presence of so many sufferings he was the object of divine care. Abraham was not perfect, yet he loved God and cultivated goodness and decency toward others. This is the secret of knowing that we are the object of divine care: we know we love God and are trying our best to cultivate goodness and decency toward those in our family and in our world.
In the beginning of his faith journey, Abraham on occasion strayed from the expectation of divine care. We do the same as we are trying to figure it all out. The tender years of our faith walk are much different, than our years of maturity. The good news is, like Abraham, as we mature in our faith our love for God gets stronger, and we see improvement in how we interact with others. When this happens we experience tranquility and an expectation of the best outcomes and comforts in difficult times. In other words we have the assurance of divine care.
Scripture reveals that Abraham died in a good old age and was satisfied. Abraham was acquainted with a good conscience at death, not because he was without flaws but because he was in right relationship with God and others. The hope is, like Abraham, when we look in the rear view mirror we will feel a deep sense of satisfaction for the same reasons.
This is the last Seed Thought regarding the life of Abraham. We will turn our attention to the Gospels next week. May God bless you always!
Joseph C. Hutchison
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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