The 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.[a]
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.”[b]
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 TheLord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring[c] I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8 From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Go. Sometimes “go” can be a scary word. Go talk to that stranger. Go take that new job. Go speak in front of that crowd. Go pack your bags. Go leave your home and move to a new country.
But “go” is exactly what God told Abram. He told him to leave his home, his people, and his country, and basically to walk until God told him to stop. And the amazing part is, Abram obeyed! He packed a few belongings, along with his wife and his nephew, and traveled until God showed him the spot where He wanted him to stop. God promised Abram to give his (not-yet born) descendants this specific land, and so Abram stopped, built an altar to worship God, and then journeyed on to the next place where God was calling him.
I don’t know about you, but I’m the ultimate planner. I want to know where we are going, how long it’s going to take, who is in charge of the playlist, and where we are stopping to eat along the way! It would have been very difficult for me to jump in the car (or on the camel), and just wander until I felt God leading me to stop. What if there weren’t any good hotels left? What if we ran out of Dr. Pepper? What if their Mexican restaurants didn’t have the good kind of cheese dip?
But Abram didn’t worry about any of these things. Abram went, simply because God was calling Him to go. He knew that if God was calling Him, then God would work out the details. And God did. God eventually gave Abram a new name, and as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. (Gen 26:4) God told Abram that all people on Earth would be blessed through Him. What an amazing legacy! It’s a legacy that Abram probably would have missed out on if he had been worried about details like playlists and pit stops. Abram heard God’s call, and was selfless and obedient.
What about us? Do we always trust God by obeying Him? Are we selfless when it comes to our own wants and fears? When God is telling us to reach out to someone, or to heal a relationship, or to share His Word with a friend, do we do it? Or are we too scared about the cost, or our reputation, or the details that we aren’t sure about? If we sit around waiting to act until we aren’t scared, or we have all of the details, or we know exactly what we are doing, we will probably never move.
When God calls us to a task, it’s exciting and a little scary at the same time. But, just as He did with Abram, God will equip you with what you need, and you can trust that He loves you. He knows that you are ready for this task, even if you are not sure. Trust Him. Step out in faith, and believe that ‘He who began a good work in you is faithful to complete it.” (Philippians 1:6)