"We’re introduced in today’s readings to one of the great biblical characters: Abram, later changed to Abraham. During his seventy–five years Abram had cultivated the habit of listening for God’s voice and obeying it. Also, Abram frequently took time to remember what God had done and to deepen his relationship with him. So when God said leave, Abram left even when the destination was unknown." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.God created a great nation through Abram (Israel) not through the people's effort in building a tower (Babel). Abram will be a blessing to all people on earth, not only Israel. But for this to happen God asks Abram to take a big risk. Leave what you know and go to what you don't. Rob Harley put's it this way.
"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. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
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. (Genesis 12:1-4)
The story of the man who came to be known as Abraham leaving behind the security of everything he knew, to follow a calling… is a powerful lesson in trust.So here is the story in a nutshell. God asks Abram to leave his comfort zone and go to an unknown place. Abram does. God blesses the whole world.
He was going… but not knowing. In other words there was a major element of potential uncertainty here.
Abraham thought he had heard a voice saying this way… but he never quite got given all the details. Seems a big move, right… up stakes, grab the family and head out?
A faith move… does that sound quaint and old fashioned, a touch naïve? Well, not too different to the journeys of faith we take… every day of our lives.
Blessings often come from big risks, God initiated risks. I must admit I have shut God off in this area. I have turned my back on big risks in the past. I like my planning, my, calculated steps ...my comfort. This is a reminder to me to keep my eyes wide open for the God initiated risk that may already be here or just around the corner.
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