Beginning Again: Abraham
We, as human, are dense. We just don't get it sometimes. I think of the lawyer from Chicago. "Give them the ol' razzle dazzle." Why? Simply put, we need a pretty picture. We need to be awed to eat up the information we are being fed. In Chicago it was all a pack of lies. In scripture it was the truth.
The stars were not the first time God gave the promise of Abraham being the Father of a numerous people. The first time was less glamorous. It was just a statement of truth:
"The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing."
Genesis 12:1-2 CEB
Where are the stars, or even the grains of sand? Where is the razzle dazzle? This first statement really doesn't take for Abraham, who chooses a serrogate to be his heir. Only then is Abraham dazzled into belief.
God's dazzle was substance first.
Here's our problem: Sometimes we get so caught up in the dazzle, we forget the substance. We should take a lesson from God. Seek substance first, and then go back to make it dazzle.
Where do you need to focus on the substance?
Dear God of Heaven and Earth,
As we are dazzled by the stars in the sky and grains of sand by the seashore, help us remember the substance behind it all.