The Obedience of Abram-Genesis 12:1-4a

Genesis 12:1-4a “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. 2 “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. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram left, as the Lord had told him…”
Genesi 12:1-4a “Il Signore disse ad Abramo: «Va’ via dal tuo paese, dai tuoi parenti e dalla casa di tuo padre, e va’ nel paese che io ti mostrerò; io farò di te una grande nazione, ti benedirò e renderò grande il tuo nome e tu sarai fonte di benedizione. 3 Benedirò quelli che ti benediranno e maledirò chi ti maledirà, e in te saranno benedette tutte le famiglie della terra». 4 Abramo partì, come il Signore gli aveva detto…”
     This is the record of the call of Abram and an introduction to his faith. Abram was told to leave his country, his people and his father’s household. He was not told where to go. But what he does know is that it was the Lord who spoke to him. How did he know the voice of the Lord? We are not told but we read that God spoke to him and he obeyed. The promises of God carried more weight than the need to know where he was going. His faith in God superseded the questions about the details of the future. We rarely have all the details of our life laid before us; but we seem to want God to supply them all before we will believe! This is what makes the faith of Abram so important for us to understand. We either trust His voice and His promises or we don’t. It is not easy since it goes contrary to our human nature that prefers evidence before faith.
     Notice verse 4: So Abram left (v. 4). We can spend a lot of time looking at what God promised. Certainly there are exciting messages about the magnitude of the promises and it probably caused Abram to take a deep breath as he imagined the scope that God had planned for him … but he obeyed. The great patriarch of the Bible demonstrated that he could believe in the promises of God. The rest of his life would serve as a series of lessons in faith that continue to shape people of faith even today.   
Pray with me: Lord, the response of Abram to obey You still challenges me in the area of faith in my life. Help me to respond to You without reservation when Your Spirit calls me to obey.

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