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.
The Elusiveness of Control
Control: Everybody wants it. Some convince themselves they have it. But ultimately, it eludes us all. Had you asked me at numerous points in my life who I would become, I would have given you very concrete answers. None of them have come to fruition. The Lord has maneuvered my life in various ways that I couldn’t have foreseen.
This text offers us a moral model for responding to God. The proper response to God is always trust manifested in worship. Whether it’s Job’s devastation or Abram’s being offered a promise, worship is the response God calls us to engage in. It is an authentic admission of God’s worthiness and our commitment to follow His way.
A Matter of Trust
Theologically, we learn that we can trust God. Historically, we know that God did give Abram’s offspring the land. And we know that God blessed the world through Abram’s offspring in the life and work of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
For me, it is convicting to realize how little I trust God. When I choose sin, give in to anxiety, or lose focus on the task at hand because it doesn’t “suit me,” I implicitly distrust God’s work.
The Choice to Worship
Instead of embracing the freedom of the gospel and living boldly and joyously, I retract into the bondage that comes with the unknown.
God knows. God wants joy for your life. And your joy will be found in communion with the triune God. Trust God by worshiping today. Regardless of how you feel or the extent of chaos in your life, choose worship.
Find time today, even if just for a few moments, and offer a prayer, hymn, or reflection to the Lord as an act of worship. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Paul says we are to give God glory even when we eat and drink (1 Corinthians 10:31). Pretty simple! Think about who in your life might be encouraged by worship and invite them to join you the next time you worship.