Abram went forth even when He didn’t have any idea how to do it. He was instantly obedient to God, and he began his trip of faith. Trusting God – just because God said.
Today’s Reading: Genesis 11:1-13:4 (additional reading Psalm 5:1-12 and Proverbs 1:24-28)
Key Verse: “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.” Genesis 12:1
We have now gone through the first eleven chapters of Genesis and entered into the next major part of this book of Genesis which starts in chapter twelve. In the last four days, we have taken a journey which covers some 2000 years of history. Creation, the fall, the flood, the tower, and today we begin to see the start of God’s people. These next fourteen chapters of Genesis deal with Abraham.
What comes to mind when you hear the name Abram? Okay, what about Abraham? They are the same man, but he was only known as Abram until he was called to do something special by God – when he was 75 years old! Not long after that, God changed his name to Abraham, which has a specific meaning. It means, ’the Father of many nations.’ This blessing even extends down to us today.
There is much to be learned from Abram that can actually make our walk with Christ today easier.
When most of us think about how we are doing spiritually, we think about surface things. We focus on behaviour patterns; such as have we been gossiping, have we been staying faithful to our marriage, have we been reading our Bibles, have we been tithing? We concentrate on outward works while forgetting that they are merely the fruit of an internal spiritual factor. In 1 Thessalonians 3:2-10, the apostle Paul reveals that his primary concern is for the faith level change.
God calls each of us as Christians to a specific walk of faith. Abram’s obedient walk with God, helps us see how ours should be just as focused on God. Abram went forth even when He didn’t have any idea how to do it. He was instantly obedient to God, and he began his trip of faith. Trusting God – just because God said.
God is calling us each of us to a walk of faith. Have you felt His call? Have you felt like God was pulling you nearer to Him? Have you listened, or if you have, have you been obedient, or did you come up with a list of reasons why you cannot follow Him?’ Is He calling you to serve? Is calling you out of a life of sin today?
Quit trying to ask why God would call you. Quit trying to find a way to get out of it. Quit trying to argue with Him. It’s isn’t about you at all, but all about Him.
- Are you walking in faith?
- Have you been more concerned about the outward appearance of your walk then the internal?
- What advice would you give to someone who is struggling with God’s calling on their life?
Father, Thank You that you call us to follow You even when we have nothing good to bring. Thank You that you empower us to walk in faith and that You guide us in our walk. Help us to pay close attention to our heart and not only our outward practices. In Jesus’ name, Amen