It was there all along!
"And [ABRAHAM] believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness." Genesis 15:6.
Abraham was never blessed by God because of his good deeds or his strategic thinking. He was just like you and me. He made mistakes. He doubted God. He sinned! Yet he continually returned to God and sought to obey God's will. His relationship with God came first and God took care of everything else! Abraham went through famines and wars. He experienced fear and loss. Yet he always trusted God. And God always made a way for Abraham! God forgave Abraham. God loved Abraham. God blessed Abraham.
Instead of living for ourselves and wondering if we are good enough or why these things happen to us, I hope we learn Abraham's lesson: If we put our relationship with God first and seek to obey Him, God will fulfill all of His promises with us!
I remembe growing up and being punished for being bad and rewarded when I was good. I thought I was mostly good but sometimes I was bad. It's taking a long time to understand that God is not mad at me and that back then it was my choices that were good or bad.
I learned alot about Abraham and the Jewish culture in this series.Questions I've had for a long time were answered too.
Thanks for the reply Cindy. I feel the same way. We grow up being taught that we are good or bad based upon what we do . As we go through the scriptures, we see God is more like a loving father who loves His children, even when they struggle and sin.