No Sign Up Bonus

To fully appreciate the message of this post, DO NOT SKIP THE BIBLE VERSES, Genesis 12:2, 4, 10.

2 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…

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy- five years old when he departed from Haran…

10 Now there was a famine in the land. So Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.

Don’t you just love the interesting progression of this saga: God promised to bless Abram, Abram obeyed, and there was severe famine!

To our modern minds, this sounds very discouraging. We almost always expect that we get something out of our obedience, much like a sign up bonus when you get a tempting job offer.

What people often forget is that Abram’s story was just getting started. (Well, actually, he did not get a conclusion even after he breathed his last.) There is so much more to the Abrahamic saga that we are yet to see. The famine was just a bump in the road that one day will give rise to the coming of the Messiah and the salvation of countless peoples of the earth.

Don’t be so quick to dismiss God’s promises just because you are going through a dry spell. He didn’t promise a sign up bonus, His plan is infinitely better than that.


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Jojo Agot

Pastor at Victory. Teacher and writer at Every Nation Leadership Institute (ENLI). MA in Theology and Mission at Every Nation Seminary.

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