READING: Genesis 12-15, Matthew 5:13-37
It’s hard for me to imagine the patriarch’s response every time I read the story. God somehow caught the attention of Abram, who lived in Ur (a polytheistic city) at the time. God’s call on his life was both clear and unclear: “Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). What was clear was that God told him to leave his home.
What was not so clear was that God did not tell him where he was to go. Abram was simply to go, trusting God to show him the way. The writer of Hebrews tells us that Abraham did exactly what God commanded: “By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going” (Heb. 11:8). Abram “went, as the Lord had told him” (Gen. 12:4).
Step by step he went, seeking God’s direction with every stride – and only when he arrived would he know he was there. Apparently, all he needed were the presence and the promises of God to compel him forward. That’s what followers of God do – they just trust God and follow Him, even when He doesn’t give them the details of the journey. He is enough.
Prayer: “Father, I want You to be enough in my life. I will follow You wherever You lead, even if You don’t give me the details.”
Tomorrow’s reading: Review and catch-up day