Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-9
“So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot with him. Abram was seventy five years old when he set out from Haran.” (Genesis 12:4)
Abram was called by God to leave all that was familiar to him. It was no small thing for him to leave his country, his people, and his father’s house. God promised to bless Abram. Abram believed the Lord and stepped out in faith. This is the essence of faith — taking God at His Word and acting on it. Abram acted on his faith — “So Abram left, as the Lord had told him.”
Faith and obedience are closely linked. However, we must remember that there is an order to the gospel. Through faith we are saved by God’s grace Obedience doesn’t save us; it is evidence of our salvation. Some make the mistake of reversing the order and think that we must first obey before we can be saved — “But to the one who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness” (Romans 4:5).
We must always be open and sensitive to God’s calling upon our lives. Sometimes He calls us to do difficult things. This certainly was the case with Abram. However, with God’s calling always comes blessing. He will enable us to fulfill what He is calling us to do. Our response to God’s calling is crucial. Will we trust Him and obey Him? Will we step out in faith and fulfill what He is asking us to do?
As I look back on my life, I can remember numerous times that God has called me to do some difficult things. Some of them were challenging and uncomfortable. But when I stepped out in faith and obeyed, He always blessed me and enabled me to fulfill His calling. We must remember that nothing is impossible with Him!
Lord God, let me be sensitive to your calling this day. Give me grace to trust You and then to obey You. Thank You for being with me and enabling me to do what You have asked me to do. Thank You for the blessings that You have poured out on me.
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