“Now God said to Abram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing………So Abram went,”. (Gen 12:1-4)
Would you trust God enough to leave your home, your friends and your family to go to a place unknown, to a place where God will lead you?
Abram was 75 years old, and was a rich and well established man when God called him to move. I’m fairly certain that he struggled with what God asked him to do. I’m sure he even wondered if the voice he heard was actually Gods. I can imagine the conversations he had with Sara, his father and his closest friends when he told them God wanted him to pack up and leave for some unknown destination. I’m fairly certain their response included these comments: “Really, aren’t you a little old to do this?”, “Are you sure that was God speaking?”, “Why would God have you leave us?”, “Your suppose to leave your land and family?”,”That seems a little crazy!” They were real people with the same thoughts and feelings we have, so I’m sure that they had the same human reactions we would’ve had in the same situation.
Courage. The decision to follow Gods order would’ve taken pure courage and over the top trust. First of all, its not like God spoke to him in this booming, clear voice, like he did for Moses in the the burning bush. Very rarely does God speak that way. It was most likely through a thought or a still, small voice. A voice that is often hard to discern and easily missed, unless one practices listening for it. Secondly, most people at 75 are not thinking about big change. They are instead settling down and enjoying the life they had created over the past 75 years. Thirdly, many people at 75 would find doing something like that physically impossible. Packing, lifting, shifting, hauling, loading, unloading isn’t easy work. Fourthly, convincing your aging wife to leave her family and friends to live like a nomad would be like facing fire. Then there is always the question, why? Why would God want this?
Have you ever asked God why he wants you to do something totally out of the ordinary? I have, and the answer I get is usually “you’ll see”. Which is not very helpful in a dramatic, life altering decision.
Knowing all of this, why did Abram go? Simply, because he trusted God. He had been practicing listening for and following Gods voice for a long time. It wasn’t like it was the first time he heard Gods voice. If it was, he likely wouldn’t have went. He knew that God was the reason for all that he was, all that he owned, and all that he was to become. He was very secure in who he was with God, so when God told him what he wanted him to do, he knew he could trust Gods way.
A life with God requires trust. The key to trust is obeying God. The key to obedience is learning to follow Gods voice. The key to following Gods voice is listening. The key to listening is getting quiet with God. The key to getting quiet with God is believing he exists. The key to believing he exists is reading his word. The key to believing his word is faith in his son Jesus, who IS the Word.