If he can do it, so can we. Abraham came from a family who nurtured a life that worshiped and served other gods (see Joshua 24:2). Yet, as an adult, he chose to believe the one true God. When Abraham chose to worship the Lord, his life, his future family, and the world changed forever.
Abraham believed the LORD (see Genesis 15:6). Believe – “aman” meaning “faithful,” which denotes the idea, “to lean upon.” When a person leans on another, all the weight of one, placed on the other, requires strength. That strength remains steadfast for all those leaning. Abraham leaned, (placed the weight of his faith) on the LORD, and trusted that strength. Our God considered Abraham right with Him. Abraham knew where life resided and leaned into life. Because he leaned to believe God, the Lord appeared to Abraham, spread a table, and made an everlasting covenant. 
As a cheerleader in high school, we practiced a cheer called “Lean.” We yelled, “Lean, lean, lean, lean, lean, lean, lean,” while all the fans leaned on the one beside them, causing the entire stadium to lean in one direction. On the end of each row, one person held up the weight of the full row. We found that amusing, hurrahing our way to victory, in the lean and for our team.
Today, Abraham’s leaning and his covenant affects Believers. As Believers in Christ Jesus, our Lord, we inherit the same benefits as we lean on and believe our Lord. I challenge you as we enter this new-year, On Christ we LEAN in 2014:
L: “Looking unto Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2)
E: “Exalt the Lord, our God and worship…for the LORD our God is holy!” (Psalm 99:9)
A: “Abide in Him” (1 John 2:28)
N: “Nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:47)
Lord, we lean on you. We bend toward you! You are our source and strength, our power and victory, our joy and peace. We look to you, Jesus. We exalt you! We abide in you by your Holy Spirit! We trust you in all things, people, circumstances, and expectations—Nothing is impossible with you, Lord!“
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 Tasting the Good when Troubles Emerge, Carolyn Marlowe
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