Tucked into the nooks and crannies of our countryside there is an abundance of beautiful places to explore. Even in an age of travel blogs, tourism webpages, and GPS directions it takes a bit of an adventurous spirit to enjoy the less traveled roads. You have to be willing to traverse a bit of the unknown for the payoff of visiting new gorgeous locations and experiencing new adventures. And even with all our creature comforts and technological advancements making travel more accessible, many people don’t find the reward of adventure to outweigh the risks.
Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told himGenesis 12:1-4
When the Lord called Abram, the reward was great but it was accompanied by potentially enormous risks. Abram was leaving the safety of his homeland and traveling to a destination still unknown to him. And Abram? He chose to go.
Go from… your country… your people… your father’s household. God pretty much asked Abram to leave everything. He took his wife, his nephew, their things and household… and left to go…. where again?
Oh yes, the place God would show them.
Hebrews 11:8 says, “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.”
See, the blessing wasn’t in the knowing but in the obedience of going. Abram wasn’t blessed because he’d made all the provisions for a safe and successful journey. Abram wasn’t blessed because the way was mapped out with all the details in front of him. Abram wasn’t blessed because the process would be easy. Abram was blessed because he trusted in God who called him to go and Abram obediently followed that call.
And the blessing didn’t stop with Abram and his family, “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Abram was blessed because of what God did in him, with him and through him. God made the fatherless into a great nation. God made Abram’s name great. God blessed all the people of the earth through Abram’s faithful step to follow God.
Here we can again be caught up in wonder of God! God who called Abram to take a step of faith and though Abram wasn’t perfect, God who worked though situations we’d see as less than ideal, God was working His perfect plan bringing good out of the brokenness to bring salvation and redemption.