“I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the people on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3 CSB
These words are found in Genesis when God is calling Abram to move to Canaan. This is just the beginning of “Abram’s” big adventure. I put his name in quotes to highlight the fact that this is before God has changed his name to Abraham. Nothing has happened yet, he hasn’t gone to Egypt, he hasn’t saved Lot from destruction, he hasn’t had his name changed to Abraham. But he did believe.
He believed God when he said leave his home land. He believed God when he said I will make you into a great nation. He believed God when he said he would make his name great. He believed God when he said he would be a blessing. He believed God when he said all the people on earth will be blessed through you (Genesis 12:1-3). And so should we. We should believe what God has said; God has said He will bless us through Abraham.
Abram doesn’t waste time, the very next verse he “went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him” (Genesis 12:4). It’s interesting that not only did Abram immediately go, but that he took his brother with him. He immediately shared the blessing even though he had no idea what it would be or how God would do it. He just believed he would.
God has promised to bless you. His word says it. We should live our lives, like Abram did, believing it. God was true to His word. He did bless Abram, but it took time. It was 24 years before God changed his name to Abraham (Genesis 17:5). It was 24 years before God established His covenant with Abraham, the one in which He promised to be his God and the God of his descendants, which is us (Genesis 17:7). In all that time, Abraham was faithful. He didn’t give up, he kept believing. He was righteous in God’s eyes for his faith.
It can be hard waiting for the blessing in the middle of a storm, but God promises it will come. We have to take a page out of Abraham’s book and keep believing, keep holding on, keep waiting. Eventually, God will fulfill all of His promises, including the one to bless you. Don’t give up, it may be closer than you think. It might even be today.