Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-3

“The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.'” (Genesis 12:1)

One of the privileges I look forward to when I get to heaven is to meet some of the great Bible characters. Abraham is toward the top of my list. James M. Boice wrote this about Abraham — “With the exception of Jesus Christ, Abraham is probably the most important person in the Bible.” Abraham’s life was truly amazing. He was a man of great faith as we will see. However, he was human like all of us.

Consider God’s call to Abram — “Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” Can you imagine what must have gone through Abram’s mind? God asked Abram to leave the culture in which he was raised, along with his father’s household and all that he was familiar with him, to go to an unknown land. I am sure he was filled with anxiety and fear. Yet, as we will see, Abram obeyed God and began his journey.

Throughout my life, I have faced some difficult challenges. God has put me in situations when I had to make hard choices. God’s call on our lives may be uncomfortable at times. We may not understand what God is doing and why He is doing it. This is where faith enters the picture. We have to trust God enough to follow His leading no matter how difficult it may be.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny Himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:23-25). Jesus’ call is uncomfortable and demanding. Yet, we are to trust Him and to follow Him.

We may be asked to leave our comfort zone and step out in faith and obedience as Abram did. When we do so, we can be sure that Jesus is with us every step of the way. He will strengthen us and guide us. With Him, we have nothing to fear.

Lord Jesus, You have called me to deny myself, take up my cross, and follow You. I desire to do so this day. I know that You will be with me to strengthen me and to guide me. I know that I am never alone. Let me be sensitive to Your call on my life and give me grace to be faithful to that call.


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