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The Text : The Call to Follow

The text/IM that was sent to Abe read “Get out of the country that you live in and move away from your family and get out of your Father ‘s house and move to a new land which I will show you. The twist to this scenario is that the text/IM came directly from God.

As Abe ponder on this message as if something that he couldn’t grasp if this message was a spam or whether je thought for some unexplained feeling that he knew exactly who sent the message.  In his mind he seen the message text back to him say “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. As Abe stood in awe; the text continued; It read “And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curse you; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

As Abe inhale all that was shown to him; He knew that there was nothing for him to do but to adhere to what was told to him so he packed up and went.   His nephew loved his uncle and knew something special had happen to Abe for him to pack what he had so he decided to  leave so he followed Abe.  Although Abe was 75 years old when he listen to this call taking his wife with him and his nephew and all of their belongings he didn’t call homeland security or try to figure out the first text or text shown in his mind he just did it.  As he moved from land to land not knowing when to stop until he received another text “Unto your seed I will give you this land; and there you shall build an alter unto me who I will appeared unto you”. As Abe move solely unto to the mountain and pitched his tent having the place he left behind and the new land he built an altar as a remembrance of what he believe to be the voice of God. In fact, it was as Abe personally communicated.  This wasn’t the last stop and he continued on.

There are two factors in this story which actually comes from Genesis 12:1

(1) Faith is refined by being tested (2) Living by faith in God does work!

The beauty of this verse is that it occupies a prominent place in the history of the Hebrew people.  His place is so prominent that it is somewhere impossible to understand and appreciated the Hebrew people as the people of God, without giving some attention to Abraham.  The greatest contribution that Abraham made to the Old and New Testaments (even to this present day) was his example of bold, courageous, faith in God.  From a contemporary perspective, when the issue of faith is addressed in preaching and teaching, Abraham and his example of faith are often mentioned.

It’s amazing as I read this scripture and learned that in order for God to fulfill His will in Abraham life, He had to call him away from such spiritually destructive environments.  I believe for many of us it may not be that drastic as Abraham was the Father of faith in other words no one can has much faith as he did. In saying that, I thank God that sometimes we have to experience Abraham moment or season.  When God pulls us to where he wants us to be or to go where he wants us to go. There should be resounding response”Lord, Here am I ~ I’ll go, I’ll do it”

It’s important as we journey that we study God call to Abraham, and Abraham ‘s RESPONSE of faith.  If we keep in mind that obeying God’s will is seldom, if ever, easy or convenient: but it is always REWARDING and fulfilling.

True Trust will be Tried (Genesis 11:27-32) Abraham believe in family and family values which met that he had security in this environment in other words he was familiar with his place of residence  and he understood and appreciate his dept of faith.  God knew this about Abraham and of course as He does he has to test him when he called upon him to leave his familiar environment or comfort zone of the place he grew up in knowing who what and where to get resources for survival.  So it becomes the same for us there will be times that our trust in God will be tried.  Will you continue to trust Him when things go wrong or will we only trust him when things are going right?  How solid is our trust in God when we are challenged to do something different than what we are accustomed to because the change is more in keeping with what pleases God?

Obeying God ‘s Call Carries Built-in Rewards (Genesis 12:1-3)  The Lord told Abraham; Leave your country, your people and your father ‘s household and go to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1, NIV).  Should Abraham obey this command? He would have to sacrifice his safety net.  God’s challenge to Abraham could be described as”instruction with no itinerary.” a mandate without a map.  What I love about God and I would like to share because I have experience this is that don’t think that this approach taken by God is by no means out of character on how God acts. (we have to stop thinking that God is like us) Oftentimes, God will call on us to obey Him at the expense of surrendering the thing  (s) that we rely on the most. (leaving God out in everyday function) God does this so that we will be compelled to wholly lean on Him, so that when He gives us the victory, we will be obliged to give Him the glory!

Lord, teach us to obey Your will, and to more diligently study Your Word that we may know what Your will is.  In Jesus’ name, we pray Amen!












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