Genesis 12:1-3 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
I love to look at this great promise that was given to Abram and know that I am here today because of God’s faithfulness. One part that I often overlook, however, is the action that God required of Abram.
He had to get up and leave his home to an unknown destination. He didn’t even know where he would be going!
Abram may have been scared, but he knew his God to be a faithful God. We see many thousands of years later that God was true to His word and God will always be true to His word. This GO command is still very active for each of us today. We have been called to go. God is the great orchestrator and has a grand plan to reconcile us all to Him. But, as with an orchestra, each must follow their own role so the collective sound is perfect. While God may be calling me to one place, He may be calling you elsewhere. The place may be physically far or immediately in front of you. It may look like joining a ministry in church, starting a business, or taking a front seat in the fight to the many injustices in our community/world. What we do know is that He will need to be your strength to complete your calling.
Our fear has never been the validating factor of God’s calling. Just like Abram, we are called to go to the unknown land. While our reward may not be founding a great nation, His promise of help and protection are very real.
My challenge is for you to seek where God is calling you. Pray, read His word, and speak with spiritually mature confidants to confirm His calling. Then get up and go.
Heavenly father, I am sorry for not trusting you fully with my life. Please help me with my disbelief. I want to go as you have called me. Remind me of your promises and authority. Show me the way because I want to go. Be my strength.
Written by Matt Wilson