God calls Abraham and shapes the future of his family with this promise:

“‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 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 the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’” (Genesis 12:1-3).

Abraham leaves his home of Ur to go to Haran when God calls him. The Bible tells the story of his travels from Ur to Haran, through Canaan, into Egypt and back to Haran.

Abraham was married to Sarah, who was unable to have children. God promises to give the couple an heir, however after waiting many years for this promise to be fulfilled, Sarah tells Abraham to sleep with her servant girl, Hagar. Hagar conceives and has a son named Ishmael. Abraham and Sarah eventually have a son, who is named Isaac. Isaac is born when Abraham is 100 years old and Sarah is 90 years old. As a test of faith, God tells Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering, and Abraham obeys God. However, at the last moment, God tells Abraham not to kill Isaac and gives him a ram to sacrifice instead. Abraham continues to walk with God, and God establishes his covenant with him. Abraham’s descendants are to be circumcised as a reminder of God's promises to Abraham.

The New Testament portrays Abraham as an example of faith, affirming that the promises God made to Abraham extend to all who believe.



Abraham’s story required trust in God over and over again.

  • What are a few times in your life you needed to fully trust God?
  • What is something in your life right now you could be trusting God with instead of trying to control it yourself?


Psalm 16

1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.

2  I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”

3  I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

4  Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
    or take up their names on my lips.

5  Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.

6  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

8  I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

11  You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.