Abram was his name at God’s first call. And what a call!
While Abram was still living in Mesopotamia among his people group who had been scattered from the city of Babel, the LORD spoke...
“Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
Furthermore, the LORD made Abram a 4-fold promise.
*I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.
*I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.
*I will bless those who bless you. I will curse those who curse you.
*All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
This was the whole plan as far we are told in Genesis 12:1-3. Does it seem a bit vague for our modern travel itineraries?
No doubt the people of Abram’s day were quite a bit less tied down than we 21st century folks. And it is true Abram’s people were nomadic shepherds. Still, Abram was called out to pioneer to an unknown destination leaving everything familiar behind.
Reading Genesis 12:1 again today, I am reminded of Jesus as he selected his disciples. Regular men, at work, were intercepted by God to follow Him. Neither the LORD to Abram or Jesus to the fishermen offered much detail. Simply, they were invited to leave their old life behind and find real life with God.
I am often thrilled to hear the inner voice of God calling me to something new. It’s so honoring and fun to be chosen for an assignment. I find myself eager to say, “Yes, Lord!”
Because I love an adventure and I tend to be more of a visionary I set out on a path without a whole lot of information. For me, and I may be unusual, the leaving behind and going to the unknown destination is not the hardest part.
The challenge for me? Getting into the middle of the adventure & finding that wait comes before the fulfillment of the promise. Trusting God that where I am on the way is exactly where He intends for me to be.
What is the challenge for you?