Jan 5

Good morning!
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:
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.
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 theLord 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.  I would find it very hard to abandon the life I had and knew for just a promise – but no details.  So, that said, here is a question to deal with:  “How obedient am I to the Lord when he commands me to act without showing me the plan?”
in Him,  Mike