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Get off the Merry-Go-Round

Genesis 17:3-6


Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you."


Get Off the Merry-go-round


An irate woman met her husband when he got off a merry-go-round and said, "Now, look at you. You spent your money, you got off right where you got on, and you haven't been anywhere!" Unfortunately, that's an accurate picture of life for many people today. But God has so much more to offer.


That was true with Abraham. The first 75 years he sought his fortune, first in Ur and later in Haran (Gen. 12:4). Then God called him to begin a journey that was both physical and spiritual. Abraham spent the next 24 years seeking to follow his God. However, he also spent a good deal of time living by his own wits instead of trusting the Lord. Finally, shortly before reaching the century mark, he learned the secret. He "fell on his face." Abraham totally surrendered to God, and it was then that God gave His most spectacular promises. From Abram (Father of Height), God changed his name to Abraham (Father of a Multitude). From an obscure desert sheik, he became the forerunner of kings and nations.


For those willing to submit to Him, God has an abundant life in store. In fact, the apostle Paul reminds us, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Cor. 2:9).


If life seems a bit like a merry-go-round to you, maybe it's time to discover God's abundant life. Surrender yourself completely to Him and find a life more fulfilling than you can imagine.


The abundant life comes not by accumulating but by letting go.

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