“The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, 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 treat you with contempt, and the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. So Abram went.” Genesis 12:1-4
What was so special about Abram that God would call him?
Could it be that God simply saw that Abram had a heart that was willing to obey and follow Him? Because, clearly Abram had that type of heart. He followed the Lord immediately. It doesn’t seem that he questioned the Lord at all. Or, at least, it is not recorded for us to read.
God says “go” and Abram goes. God doesn’t even tell Abram where he is going. He is very vague really, “to the land that I will show you.” Hmm.
I know I would be asking some questions.
No wonder he is held up as such a great man of God. We know he wasn’t perfect. His lies put his wife in danger to save his own hide more than once (See Genesis 12:10-20 and Genesis 20) and his impatience and lack of wisdom caused him to make a bad decision that has consequences to this day (See Genesis 16).
No, he certainly wasn’t perfect (aren’t you glad perfection isn’t a prerequisite to serving the Lord?), but he was willing and able to trust God enough to follow Him into the unknown, immediately and without question.
What would it mean in our lives if we had faith like that? To be honest, it scares me a little to say “wherever you send me I’ll go,” because there are places I really don’t want to go.
Still, I want that kind of faith and I long for it. I know I can trust God to lead me and I want my heart to be willing to go when He says go.
What a joy, what an honor, to be a part of His great plan. Abram’s part in it was vital and ours surely is as well. May our hearts be ever willing to follow when He calls.
Precious Heavenly Father, I know I can trust You. I know You know what is best. Help me to have the kind of faith Abram had–the kind that will follow You wherever You lead, without hesitation or doubt. If I am honest, I don’t have that type of faith now, but I want it. Please, Lord, grow my faith. Thank You for all You do for me. Amen