Reflection on Genesis 12:1-4
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 1:17:25 AM
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives and your father's family and go to the land that I will show you.”
The Lord calls Abram to leave Haran and go to the land that the Lord will show him. It's possible that his father, Terah, had had a similar sort of calling as they had left Ur to travel to Canaan but had never quite got there.
The Lord promises great blessings to Abram and so he leaves Haran with Lot- which seems to be a point of disobedience and certainly causes problems later on.
Abram is 75 years old when he leaves home for his journey into the world
Moving is always difficult and moving to a foreign land must have seemed a very daunting prospect at the age of 75.
Yet Abram moves, convinced that there is a blessing in return or a step of faithful obedience. The blessings prove to be far greater than Abram could possibly have imagined reaching through thousands of years and to the furthest parts of the world.
Lord, what are you calling me to do today? Help me to see the blessing as well as the cost so that I can walk in joyful obedience with you. Amen.