Monday - The Basis For Confidence

Lesson Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-8

Key Lesson Theme: “The Basis For Confidence”

Today's Lesson: Monday, October 11

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Genesis 12:1-8

1 The Lord said to Abram: Go from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.

2 I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.

5 He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated, and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan,

6 Abram passed through the land to the site of Shechem, at the oak of Moreh. (At that time the Canaanites were in the land.)

7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him.

8 From there he moved on to the hill country east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. He built an altar to the Lord there, and he called on the name of the Lord.

The Bible Meets Life

Where does confidence come from? Some people seem to be born with self-confidence; others have it instilled in them by a parent, coach, or teacher. Others have been told they are not good enough. As a result, they lack a sense of confidence. Confidence is related to faith, and our faith is only as good as the object of our faith. The confidence we truly need is not grounded in ourselves; confidence comes from trusting God.

The Setting

Genesis, as the book name indicates, is a book of beginnings. Chapters 1-2 are the creation account; chapter 3 the entry of sin into the world; chapters 4-11 the resulting rebelliousness of humankind and its effects on the generations that followed. At that point the Lord could have given up on His creation, but He did not. The stage was set for the rest of the story to unfold of God creating a people for Himself to bring Him glory. Such will take place as He calls out men and women of faith. The Lord shows Himself to be more than Creator; He is Redeemer. As Redeemer we learn about His lavish mercy, love, and grace that gives us confidence to trust Him, knowing and believing He does all things right and well.

This story of redemption, restoration, and reconciliation begins with the call of Abraham from Sumerian paganism to faith in the living Lord God. We might wonder why God chose Abraham. He was simply God’s sovereign choice who responded with unbridled faith. Enough said. God gave to Abraham a set of unconditional promises. He would have innumerable descendants and bring blessing to all nations. Therefore, Abraham’s personal story, presented in the context of God’s larger story, is the focus of Genesis chapters 12—22.

Beginning with this session from Genesis 12, we will examine a few key events in Abraham’s life. He is not a perfect specimen, but his example will encourage us to learn, just as he had to learn, to trust and walk by faith. It’s not a blind faith; neither is it an easy road. But we can walk it with confidence because of the One in whom we trust. Every act of trust only deepens our faith. As our faith grows, our confidence in the One we trust increases too.

Until tomorrow Saints...

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