Belief without evidence!
Trust without signs!
Hope without knowledge.
Your familiar and intimate God commanded, “Move!”
Go without wavering!
To the unfamiliar;
To the unknown.
Unexpected obstacles await.
Trials must not be a deterrent;
For diversion will bring forth plagues and tempest.
Out of Egypt, you must depart;
For the mission is not yet complete.
Onward you go;
From strength to strength
To a land of untold bounty;
And to a city whose builder and maker is God- your Jehovah Jireh.
Beverley Wright (March 26, 2014)
Abraham embraced change and received a great blessing
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to a land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1)
Abraham was told to leave his country, people, and family and move to an unknown land. Only the Lord knew where this land was. Abraham did not know where he was going but he trusted God, and he moved from his familiar environment where all his family and friends were to the unfamiliar.
Abraham was able to trust God because he had a relationship with Him.
Some people think that because Abraham was living in a pagan country – Ur of the Chaldean- he, therefore, worship idols. I do not think that this is true. Abraham was a direct descendant of Shem, one of Noah’s son.
After the flood, Noah built a vineyard and planted grapes. During harvest, he made wine with the grapes and drank until he was drunk. He fell asleep naked in his bed.
Ham, one of his sons, went into his father’s room and saw him sleeping naked. Instead of covering his dad he left him in his nakedness and shame and told his brothers about it.
His two brothers were so disturbed by this news that they went backward into their father’s room so that they could not see his nakedness, and covered him with a sheet. They respected their father.
After Noah awoke and heard of his children actions towards him, he blessed Shem and Japheth and cursed Ham. He told Shem that God will bless his descendant and the descendants of Ham will be his servants.
Thus, Shem’s descendants followed in the footsteps of their father serving the true and living God. (Genesis 9:18-29; Genesis 11:10-32). Abraham was a descendant of Shem, so he was familiar with God. Therefore, when God told him to move to a strange land he believed and obeyed the Lord, and it was counted to him for righteousness.
The Lord told Abraham that when he moved to this strange land, He will make him a great nation and bless him. The Lord further told him that he will bless those who blessed him and cursed those who cursed him, and through Abraham all the families of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12: 1-3).
Note carefully that the Lord said that all the families of the earth would be blessed. Hence, no one is excluded. God gave Abraham a great responsibility because he obeyed and moved.
Do not underestimate the power of change because great blessings are involved.
The Lord gave Abraham the title father of all nations of the earth. God is the everlasting Father and Creator of the heavens and the earth, but He gave Abraham a secondary title of father to men on earth for a particular reason.
This reason is very significant because when you learned its full meaning, it will change your life. If you are a good person, you will become better, and if you are a bad or average person, you will change to become the best.
Additional references: Genesis 6 -11; Genesis 12- 25.
I hope that this post will motivate you to embrace change so that you will be blessed. Share with others.
Embracing change…can become almost addictive! The new opportunities; new people; new surroundings (sometimes) ….new outlook while adapting to each unpredictable nuance that accompanies the “stepping out”…HE keeps us revitalized with each challenge…as HE invisibly does the hand holding, leading, and gives all comfort as we obey HIS command.
This writer especially loves that we are taken on paths we never would have chosen, if we were the “pickers!”
This is how we discover the talents given us….in this unified but invisible body of which we are now a part!
What a Savior!