Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
Text: Genesis 12-14; Psalm 5
In today’s Genesis text we begin the story of Abraham. The first step out of the box is the account of God’s initial calling, Genesis 12:1:
Every time I read this I marvel at it. Imagine Abram and his wife Sarai, settled in their homeland, surrounded by relatives. Everything is familiar, and the pathways of life ahead make sense – some farming, some sheep, the ordinary life, and an inheritance from Dad to make it possible. Then, the Lord speaks to Abram and says, “leave all that and go to an unknown life in a place I am not going to reveal to you just yet.” And, verse 4 begins, “So, Abram went, as the Lord had told him…” That is amazing. And it is challenging.
If I were in Abram’s shoes, the hardest part would be to just trust the Lord on the basis that He has the plan but I do not know what it is. I would find it very hard to abandon the life I had and knew for just a promise – but no details. But this is what the Lord does all the time. Jesus said, “Come, follow me.” No details. So… has the Lord placed a calling on you? Have you agreed to just “go”, and leave the rest to Him? Here’s what it boils down to: Do you trust Him to be present, good, wise and able, or do you need to see the plan?
in Him, Mike