READ ABOUT IT: GENESIS 12:1-7
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household 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 went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
TALK ABOUT IT:
What a marvelous story of faith and love, grace and mercy! When God asked Abram to leave his family and homeland, he was testing Abram's faith. Because Abram did not question or doubt God, he was willing to do as God asked. Abram proved his trust in the Lord and his great faith in God's plan for his family. He and his (future) descendants were blessed, just as God promised. However, the blessing was not earned by Abram because of what he did. It was given out of God's grace, mercy, and faithfulness to His people.
Continue unfolding the story of Abram (who becomes Abraham) and his family in Genesis 15, 21-22. In his life we see how God asks Abraham to live a life full of faith in Him, fully trusting what God had in store for his family and his future. (Spoiler alert: God even asks Abraham to sacrifice his own son!) How are you trusting God today? What is easy? What has been difficult for you to be confident in God's direction?
PRAY ABOUT IT:
God, despite our unfaithfulness to you, you remain faithful to us. Help us to listen for your voice and hear your calling, wherever you may be sending us in the future. In Your Son Jesus' name, amen.