Adam and Eve sinned and banished from ‘paradise.’ Death began to reign over the earth. Their son killed their other son because his fruit and vegetable offering did not go well. The good creation beginning quickly deteriorated into chaos and mayhem. Cain’s descendants were not good role models either. Human beings were so evil that God sent the flood to ‘restart’ the world with Noah and his family. After the flood though, Noah got drunk and the hangover did not look good at all. The peak of human wickedness was at the Tower of Babel when they decided to challenge God directly. God did not want them to destroy themselves like that. So He intervened. He dispersed them and confused their languages. The situation seemed to be hopeless and irredeemable until one day… God chose a man, named Abraham.

The promises of land, people, and blessings were given.

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

We are starting a new series today on the life of Joseph: “God Meant it for Good.” The call of Abraham provides a crucial context to what’s going to unfold in the coming weeks. In Genesis 12:1-9, we learn that God is the God who initiates, communicates, and promises. He crafts the plan, He declares His purposes, and He ensures their fulfilment. Abraham needs only to respond, to trust, and to obey.

May you start your new year with a new appreciation toward and a proper response to God’s character and His faithfulness.