You are Abram. You are 75 years old (Genesis 12:4). You are childless (Genesis 11:30, 15:2). You have always lived with your family – your father Terah, your wife Sarai, and your nephew Lot (Genesis 11:31). And where are you? Haran (Genesis 11:31).
Then your father dies. Now you are the head of your family. And you are probably content to stay right where you are and live out your days.
But there is something special about you. You are a direct descendant of Noah (Genesis 10:1, 11:10-26), who is a direct descendant of Adam (Genesis 5:3-29). So you are related to the first man, the handiwork of God’s creation.
So God is watching you. Because He has been waiting to establish His covenant. And God decides to choose you, Abram.
There’s only one problem. You and your family have been living among pagans so long you have adapted their worship styles and habits. “And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods’” (Joshua 24:2).
But God needs your undivided attention and devotion. So He steps into your life to seriously interrupt it.
So one day He shows up and starts talking to you. He makes some big promises, but they come with a big cost.
Genesis 12:1-3 – Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
He’s not just going to shower you with blessings. First, you have to GO.
“Get out” from the land that has been your home for over 5 years.
“Get out” from under the idol worship your family has adopted.
“Get out” of your home and go away from all you know.
All without a specific destination or timeline.
All without any information other than “to a land that I will show you”.
“Get out” and go. With all your questions, doubts, and fear.
“Get out” and go. With only your faith in Me to assure you everything will be alright.
“Get out” and go. Just because I, the Lord, asked you to.
So you have to make a choice. Put feet to your faith and go, with all variables being unknown but with big promises. Or stay in Haran and continue on as usual, with the possibility God won’t show up and ask again and you will therefore miss out on something miraculous.
And we’re all in this same place. God is asking each of us to put feet to our faith. Because He has big plans and great purpose for us. But His blessings require something from us. To make a call or send an email. To take a chance. To step out and do something. To stop questioning and to go. To do. To say. To see. To forgive.
Abram decides the risks and unknown were worth it, as long as God went with him. So he decides to go. “So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.” (Genesis 12:4).
And what happened when he did? “Then I [God] took your father Abraham from the other side of the [Euphrates] River, [and] led him…” (Joshua 24:3a). God was with him. Every step. Every doubt. Every question. Every trial. God led him straight into His promises and His purpose.
Now it’s your turn. What will YOU decide to do today?
- What is the hardest thing God has asked you to do?
- What devotion does God want from us? (Mark 12:30)
- Why is this important? (Matthew 12:33-37)
- What does Hebrews 11:8 tell us about Abram?
- Has there been a time God asked you to go or do and you didn’t? What happened?
- How do you typically respond to God’s interruptions?
- What confidence can we have in our obedience, according to Romans 8:28?
- Why might God have chosen Abram, a 75 year old childless man, to initiate His new covenant? What does God’s choice tell us about Him? (See Genesis 18:14a, Ephesians 3:20)