|Greater Things Often Look Like Nothing
By Greg Sanders
Genesis 12:8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
God is able to make something out of nothing. You have to remember that fact when you are believing God to do greater things in your life. Often times the road to something greater looks like the road to nowhere. It must have felt that way to Abraham. God is an expert at making something out of nothing. Genesis declares that is how God formed the earth. He took what was void and brought life to it. God can take what seems to be empty and void in your life and breath life to it.
Abraham leaves the good life he has on a promise that he will get something greater later. On the surface it looks like he is trading something for nothing. Stepping towards greatness in God’s kingdom often appears that way. Peter, James, and John left their boats for a greater life with Jesus. Matthew left his profitable tax collectors booth for greater things to be found while following Jesus. Saul, later known as Paul, left his title and position in the religious realm for greater things.
We live in a culture where good is called evil and evil is called good. Experiencing greater things may require you pursuing something that appears to be nothing in the value system of this world. Have confidence that God can transform it into something wonderful. Many times the first step towards God doing greater things in your life is a step towards something that looks like nothing.
Abraham was enjoying a pretty good life. We know that by the amount of property he was able to take with Him when He left. But he had to leave what was good to experience what was great. So when the devil whispers to you that what you are doing for God is going to produce nothing, ignore him. When he says your prayer will do nothing, your faithfulness accomplishes nothing, and your kindness is nothing, remember that God is an expert at making something out of nothing.
Today’s Challenge: Remember that greater things often appear first as nothing. When God speaks to your heart about taking a course of action remember that He always blesses His word. He can make something out of nothing. If you are at a crossroads where it seems there is no reason to hope for improvement remember that God can make something out of nothing. He is an expert at transformation. Pray that today, as you stay faithful to His word, He continues to make something great out of the little we have.
Today’s devotion is an excerpt from a recent message at CFA. If you would like to listen to the message in its entirety, look for the message titled “Embracing God’s Promise” at www.camdenfirstassembly.org or find more devotional material at www.pastorgregsanders.com