Get Out!

Genesis 12:1~Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out…(NKJ) Let’s go, son, Genesis 12:2~And I will make of you a great nation…(ESV) God makes three very important promises in Abram’s call. In verse 1, He has a land he wants to show Him. In verse 2, He desires to make Abram’s seed a great nation. This promise is fulfilled physically since Abraham is the father of the Hebrew race, and this is spiritually transferred through Jesus Christ to include all who accept and believe in…Galatians 3:7~Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. (ESV) God says the third reason for the call is that He’ll make Abram’s name great. 

These promises are amazing because when God makes them, Abram is seventy-five years old and Sarai is barren Genesis 11:30. Still, God promises and he believes and then he leaves. We are never too old for God’s promises. In Genesis 12:5~Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. (ESV) Listen to why Abram’s obedience so remarkable: Hebrews 11:8~By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. (NIV) 

All God tells Abram is to Get Out! and I Will Show you. God says, I want you to leave, but I’m not telling you your destination. Sounds like parenting? Do you trust me? My dad would look at me and say do you want to go? Where, to do what? And, he would never tell me. But, because I went, I got to see the Falcon’s play the Redskins, I got to ride the MARTA train for half a day and see the Atlanta. I got ice cream and have so many fond memories with my dad, that I cherish, and deeply miss, all because, like Abe, I said yes, to my father. To connect with God’s purpose for our lives, we must be moving, saying yes to whatever God’s has spoken, wherever God is leading. Discovering God’s purpose for our life is like steering a car—we can’t steer it unless it’s moving, otherwise, we are just turning the wheel, going nowhere. 

Faith is a vehicle that moves us, helping us navigate the moments of God’s in-breaking. If we desire purpose, a life with meaning and fulfillment, Move when you hear God’s voice and you will discover His purpose revealed one step at a time. Like Abe, before us, God never reveals the whole trip in the beginning. Listen to Jesus Christ in Luke 16:10~One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. (ESV) 

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