Wednesday, October 30
Today's reading: Genesis 12:1-9
Today we arrive at the account of Abram and Sarai. Abram (or Abraham as he will later be called) is the man God chooses to be the foundation of the nation of Israel. That means he is also a foundational person to Christianity. As such, it's important that we know about his life journey and the relationship he had with God through it all.
Abram was a great man of God. Because of this, and because of the fact that he is such a familiar figure, there is a tendency for us to simply take Abram's actions for granted when we read the account of his life journey. But while Abram was a Godly man, he wasn't perfect by any means. Abram struggled with emotions, thoughts and actions just like we do. As I read today with Abram's humanness at the forefront of my mind, three words stood out to me.
"So Abram went. . ." (vs. 4)
These three words convey much. I tried to imagine myself in Abram's shoes when he received the word from God to pick up and move his entire family. This was no small charge. Even in today's world with vehicles and moving companies, moving is a huge undertaking (trust me, my husband and I have moved a couple of times in the past six years, and it has never been easy or fun). Abram was on foot, with herds of animals and his extended family—AND he didn't even know where God was going to take him. Following God's instruction meant Abram's life (not to mention the lives of those in his family) was going to be turned upside down. That had to be scary. But Abram took God at His word. Thus we see that in trust and obedience, "Abram went, as the LORD had told him" (vs. 4).
How do you tend to respond when God asks you to make a change or prompts your heart to move in a different direction? What encouragement do you draw from Abram's example? Are you willing to trust God even when you can't see the full picture of His plan for you? Tami
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