One cannot put a value on a life without including the legacy left behind. In review, Abraham lived a century after he was called by God to leave home and go to Canaan. In that time, he built a family and a fortune that was not only amazing, but he did it owning no more land than the land used to bury the family dead. He waited until 100 to see the heir of his legacy, but, in the years to come had numerous sons that ultimately spread out over the Middle East.
Abraham listened to God; and, while he blessed all his children–there could only be one heir, Isaac. Isaac was set apart and was blessed by God and Abraham. In that, Abraham completed his part of his covenant with God. Abraham’s legacy not only included his Son, but, it included mostly–a life of faith and faithful living.
It is great that our lives are not determined by one event. Instead, our story is a combination of several small choices and great experiences. All of our lives include amazing joys and horrific tragedies. Our greatest legacy, however, is the same legacy as Abraham’s–faith and faithfulness. As we walk forward, we will impact our families, our friends and all lives we touch. Our devotion to God, will color our view and the view of our children in the age to come. We have to live lives that display trust, humility and grateful heart toward the Lord God. Then, we too will be like Abraham and will leave an amazing legacy.
God Bless You
Abraham had taken another wife, whose name was Keturah. 2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah. 3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Ashurites, the Letushites and the Leummites. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanok, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.5 Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac. 6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.
7 Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people. 9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, 10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah. 11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.