July 2 - Genesis 12:1-5

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’

“So Abram left, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.”

One thing about living in preacher’s family, when God calls … you go.  In the United Methodist Church, the voice of God often comes in the form of a District Superintendent, but you still go.

We became experts at learning to adapt to a new house and a new environment in a hurry.  I suspect it has something to do with the reason I’m not as afraid of change as I could be.  I learned that change always brought an opportunity for excitement and new friends.

Abram didn't know what to expect on the other side of God’s call on his life, he just knew that he needed to respond.  He took an entire lifetime of possessions with him.  Seventy-five years he had lived in one place and now it was time to move on.

But, Abram went with a great promise from God.  He wasn't just going out to evangelize a new community, he was going out to be the beginning of something that would change the face of the world.  His descendants would become a great nation and he would be a blessing.

Even as late as the words by the author of Hebrews in the New Testament, we find that Abraham’s faith impacted the world.

God called, Abram went. God called, Abram’s family trusted that call as well and packed up their things and followed.  God called and the world was changed completely.

God calls.