If we trust and believe God like Abraham did, then we will also become
friends of God.
Thousands of years ago Abram lived in the country of the Chaldeans.
One day God called to Abram and said, "Leave your country, your
people and your father's household, and go to the land I will show
you." And God gave him four great promises:
I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and curse those who curse you.
And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
Wow! How would you have felt if you were seventy-five years old like
Abram was when God called him? (Let the children respond
No, Abram did not fall over and faint. He believed God, and in
obedience he left his home city of Ur to travel to a country that God
said He would show him.
Abram didn't have a car and so he walked or rode on a camel. He
believed that God knew best, and so he obeyed God. Should we
also obey God? (Let the children respond). And that
was one of the reasons why he was called God's friend.
And so Abram set out with his wife, Sarai, his father, Terah, and his
nephew, Lot, and all their their sheep, cattle and possessions.
But, they didn't know where they were going! Imagine if God spoke
to you when you were in the middle of a huge dry land and God said you,
"Go!" How would you feel? (Let the children respond
I'm sure you would answer, "Excuse me, Lord, but which way? But
Abram and his family just started walking and somehow God led them.
Each night they would find a suitable place to set up their tents
and camp overnight.
It must have been a very hard journey especially if you don't know where
you were going. And was to be a long, long, tiring and dusty
journey! They travelled on hour after hour, day after day, and week
after week. It seemed as if they would never get to where God
wanted them to go! All Abram knew, was that God promised to show
him where to go, and he believed God and was sure God would lead him to
a good country and God surely did!
Finally they came to Haran in a country called Mesopotamia (which is now
Iraq). Abram and his family were sad when Abram's father died
there. But they continued on again and eventually reached the
land of Canaan which God had promised to Abram. God appeared to
him again and said, "I will give this land to your offspring."
Abram then built an altar there and began to serve God.
Now Abram began to wonder about what God had promised to him and Sarah.
They didn't have any children, but God said that if they obeyed Him
they would have a son. God doesn't always immediately do what He
promises, but He will do it when the right time comes. But God's
time hadn't yet come, and so Abram and Sarai continued to wait.
Our Friend God:
Abram did trust God and because he believed God, his name was changed to
Abraham and he was called the friend of God. Isn't that wonderful?
The name "Abraham" means "One who is the father of many people".
Abraham didn't any children of his own at this time, but the Bible
tells us that he is the father of all those who believe God, and do the
things which please God.
Did you know that God has other friends? (Let the children
respond). Yes, you and I can be God's friends. If we
love God and do what pleases Him, then we are God's friends. In
fact our best Friends are God and Jesus! Do you know why?
(Let the children respond). Yes, because they love us very
dearly, and care for us, and protect and guide us.
I think that we should say a special thank-you to God and Jesus for being
our best Friends, don't you?