Gen 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Gen 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Gen 12:4 So Abram departed,
Abraham’s response to God, despite how foolish and terrifying it might have seemed to leave behind everything without knowing where he was going or what would happen outside of God’s promise to make him a father of many nations and bless him which must have seemed incredibly far-fetched if not intangible, was simple. He got up and went. How many of us do the exact opposite, refusing to trust Him, refusing to take our feet off the brakes, stubbornly and fearfully clutching to everything or anything or everyone or anyone right where we are while refusing to pack our bags and go wherever He is sending us, refusing to move forward with our lives to go where He is sending us to do what He wants us to do with or without knowing exactly what He has planned? God made Abraham a father of many nations just as He said He would, and this never would have been possible if Abraham had not let go of the comfortable, and the familiar, and what he had known for so long, and departed with the Lord leading the way.
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We live in such a me-centered world, and a me-centered culture, that sometimes we lose sight of who we are and of who God is. We are not on this earth to wave our little magic wands at God so He will answer to our every wish and want while we cling with all our might to what we desire and find comfortable, secure, and familiar. We are on this earth to repent of our sins, to believe in Christ as Lord, to submit our lives to God, to grow in His image, and to prepare our hearts and lives to spend eternity with Him. If we believe He is Lord, and have truly committed to follow Him, then when God tells us to leave someone or something behind and to go where He is sending us, then we will yield ourselves to the almighty and do as Abraham did. Believe. Submit. And go – wherever He leads, not to bring ourselves pleasure, but to bring Him glory above all else.
Is there something or someone you believe God is calling you to leave behind? Study the Bible diligently, seek the Lord’s face passionately, pray and listen, seek godly counsel if you need it, be absolutely certain you are hearing from Him as God will never speak against His own Word, and be sure not to cling to the person or thing. Cling to Him, and follow Him – always!