Why Oh Why?

3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” Genesis 16:3-8

In interviews with Christians and non-Christians alike, the Rev. Billy Graham was asked what would be the first question he’d ask of God when he arrived in Heaven? Without missing a beat, he’d always say, “Why me, Lord? Why did you choose this Southern country bumpkin to travel the world and preach the Gospel?”

I imagine Abram was in a similar situation, except that He had God right there with him. Out of the millions of people who were in the world, why Abram?

We don’t even need to go that far. We can still ask why were we born where we were with so many comforts and privileges? What are our responsibilities with these freedoms and gifts we were so graciously given?

These are actually questions we need to ask more than we do because if will help to “level set” our priorities and become more focused.

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