Reading: Genesis 12:1-9
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.
"Go from your country, and your kindred, and you father's house to the land that I will show you." No where in this statement do we see the end goal. Nothing is clear here except "Go" or more like "Get away from everything you know and go someplace that you know nothing about. And I will make you great--your name will be know everywhere. Whoever messes with you, messes with Me, and whoever is kind to you, is kind to Me." I wonder how many of us would quickly pack out bags and just leave like that.
Recently I have been feeling like I've lost this side of myself. Abram, who later becomes Abraham, had such a trust in God that people still mention to this day. Not know what the future holds, he went forward trusting in what God told him. In the Bible, this has to be one of my favorites lives to follow--reading of the relationship between Abram and God.
We see this interaction with Abram and God as God taking the lead and telling Abram a whole lot of great things, without showing him exactly what will happen. Abram just got up and left with his family without really questioning God.
I want to have this kind of faith and pray that people would be blessed because of it.