Genesis 12:1 begins “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” What would you do if the Lord told you to leave to your home, and travel to a new land? This is a serious question because in Abram’s case we read in verse 4 that Abram did as God said, and took his wife and his nephew Lot set off on their journey to Canaan.
Now I want you to imagine the kind of faith Abram had in God that he would pack and move as he had been told to do. I can remember that once as a junior officer in the Navy, I received orders to move my young family of 5 from the east coast of the US to the west coast. When we arrived in San Diego, California we still had not found a place to live. We had a new baby, a three-year-old, and a nine-year-old at the time and a cat or two.
It was a stressful, scary, and frustrating time for a young family who was homeless for several weeks. We lived in relative comfort at a Navy Lodge (hotel) on base, but we still didn’t have anywhere to put down, spread out, and relax. The one thing I did have was faith that God’s plan would be worked out, that we would be fine and that there was a purpose in our experience.
God is issuing course changes, twists, and turns in our lives constantly. Sometimes they are recognizable, sometimes not so much. But if we are listening with our hearts and minds, God’s message will become clear.
The Call of Abram
12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “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.[a]
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”[b]
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.