I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. —Genesis 12:3
These days, we have single–parent families, blended families, foster–care families, families who adopt, and even traditional, mother–father families. But think about this: none of us gets to choose which family we’re born into. The design of the family is God’s prerogative alone. He has reserved the right to conceive us and to give us to our families. Now, this may not always feel like good news; you may even question God’s family choice for you. Dysfunction, hurt, and confusion may be a major part of your family story. But be encouraged; you can trust God and have faith in His plan for your family. No matter what mother, father, or family you had or have, it has been God’s desire from the very beginning for all families to be blessed—that includes yours.
Each one of us has that story in our lives about the relative, the incident, the way of life that we’ve experienced all of our lives. If you don’t, just keep living! But the good news in all of this is that God delivers us as He delivers on His promise. In the Book of Genesis, God told Abraham, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). Did you catch what God said? He said, “All families of the earth” will be blessed in Abraham! Abraham had plenty of dysfunction in his family. Remember Lot (Genesis 11—14, 19)? But Abraham’s family issues didn’t keep him from attaining the promise. That means there’s hope for us. As believers, God’s promise in Genesis means we can have faith that God wants our families to be blessed.
As hard as it may be, you can have faith in family because of faith in God. Trust and know God will bless you and your family because family is important to Him. In His promise He said He would bless those that blessed Abraham and curse those who cursed him! Imagine having that favor on your life!!! Well, you DO because the other part of the promise is that God said that in Abraham all the families of the earth would be blessed. That includes you and your family. Friend, the blessing of Abraham is on your life! It’s on your family! Live in this promise every day and watch God work in spite of the dysfunction, the hurt, and the confusion you may be experiencing. He will replace the pain with tremendous blessing. It’s His promise to you.
…that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith – Galatians 3:14