“The Lord had said to Abram, leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.” Genesis 12:1-4 NLT
Abram didn’t hesitate to obey the Lord. He left what was familiar to step into a new land that God hadn’t revealed to him yet. He had to go in faith and trust.
Unlike Abram, I can come up with a lot of excuses to stay where I am comfortable. I’m too young, I’m too old (Abram was 75!). I’m not qualified enough…the list could go on. I ask myself, ”Did I hear God right?” This is why I need to write it down in my journal and stay in His word. So when the doubt comes, I can recall His promises.
“Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants. “And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him. After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord. Then Abram continued traveling south by stages toward the Negev. At that time a severe famine struck the land of Canine, forcing Abram to go down to Egypt, where he lived as a foreigner.” Genesis 12:7-10 NLT
What altars do I have built so that when I am in a season of waiting, I can look back and remember God’s faithfulness?
Dear Father, Forgive me for my forgetfulness. Thank you for your patience and grace. Help me to step into the new, even if I can’t see it all yet. I reflect on Your goodness. You go before me. I want to trust you more. And live the abundant life that you have for me. Amen.