I will …
Week 2: Genesis 12:10-13:18
God’s promises are incredible. And he is able to keep them, no matter what. But in between God making promises and their fulfillment, there is usually a period of waiting and often times trouble. That’s because although God is open with us about his promises, he does not usually fully reveal his plan to accomplish these in our lives. He knows better than to do that. He knows it is better for us to live day by day, minute by minute, dependent on him for the next step. That is what the life of faith looks like. Hebrews 11:1 tells us very clearly that faith is living and acting with the confidence that God’s promises are true. Abraham lived like that. Well, at least some of the time he did. And sometimes he failed badly. In today’s study we will see that God is faithful even when we are not. God’s word is inviting us to live a life of faith. One step at a time. And anchored in an unshakeable assurance that God will do what he has promised.
Have you ever made a promise that you later had trouble keeping? What happened?
Getting into the Text:
1. (Genesis 12:2-3, 12:7) Review briefly the promises that God has given Abram to this point in the story.
2. (Genesis 12:10-16) What potential obstacles to the fulfillment of God’s promises appear in verses 10, 12, and 15? Do you see Abram’s actions as those of someone acting in faith? Is there evidence that he consulted God about his options? How do you imagine Abram and Sarai were feeling about their situation and God’s promises by the end of verse 16?
3. (Genesis 12:17-20) How is the LORD the hero of this story? What do you think motivated God to intervene? As you think about God and his promises to you, what is encouraging to you about this story?
4. (Genesis 13:1-9) What obstacles to the fulfillment of God’s promises appear in this passage? How is Abram’s approach different here than in Genesis 12:10-13? What evidence is there that his relationship with God has improved?
5. (Genesis 13:10-13) What would be the honorable thing for Lot to do in response to Abram’s offer? The land that Lot chooses moves him outside the boundaries of the land God had in mind for Abram’s family. How is this symbolic of the spiritual implications of Lot’s choice? What factors led Lot to make that choice?
6. (Genesis 13:14-18) How are these latest revelations from the LORD an invitation for Abram to grow in faith? Is there a specific next step given to Abram? Does he obey? What is the significance of the author noting the building of another altar in the conclusion to this story?
1. God wants us to live a life of faith that is anchored in his promises. Here are a few specific promises that apply to us today. What next step of faith is God asking you to take in light of one or more of these?
Hebrews 13:5-6 Romans 8:28
Romans 12:19 Jeremiah 29:13
1 Corinthians 15:19-22 2 Corinthians 9:8-11
1 John 1:9 Revelation 22:20
2. Abram failed in the first story from today’s study but God did not give up on him. After leaving Egypt, he went back to where God had spoken to him before and started walking by faith again. If you have failed, what steps do you need to take to get back to the place of God’s blessing?