Scripture – Genesis 12:1
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.”
Abram’s brother had married his niece. This was obviously not ok as Terah (the granddad) took Abram and Lot and left Nahor and his wife, Milcah, Lot’s sister, in Ur as they headed for Canaan. They never got there. They ended up stopping in Haran.
God tells Abram to go to a new place, to continue the journey his father has begun. His dad, Terah, stayed in Haran for another sixty years after Abram left.
How easy it is to get distracted on the way. Sometimes we get distracted for generations. God’s timing, kairos, and his persistence will always have their way, whether we like it or not. It takes obedience. It’s painful to leave what you know, the people you know, the safety of having influence, the security of being under your father’s watch.
But God wants to be the father of us all. Many of us will be called to leave homes, families and security in the call to be obedient. It’s not necessarily about us and our lives, but about the future generations of our families and the people we meet.
God’s plan is so complex but we can play our part well as we walk in obedience, even when it’s painful. We have to live knowing God’s plans are so much bigger than us, our families, our lives and our accomplishments, yet he really really wants us to play the roles he has planned for us, roles and plans to give us a hope and a future.
I have left family, friends, homeland, and homes. But God is faithful. That said, a lifetime of obedience and faithfulness is required. Every time we are asked to be obedient is just preparation and training for the next time. There will always be a next time.
Father, thank you for being patient with me. Teach me obedience that is beyond my training or my experience. I choose to follow you, wherever that may be, all the days of my life. Your will be done today, in Jesus name, amen.