“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
There aren’t too many times in Scripture where we can find God asking someone to do something and then giving that person all the details, all the steps needed, and the final outcome. And, never does He make sure that they totally understand everything first, so they can evaluate the risks and plan accordingly before they make their decision to embark on this journey. In contrast, God makes the call and explains the first step needed at a time without giving the final outcome, or even giving further steps. God provides us with each step separately, given at the appropriate time, and only after the previous step has been completed. God does this to test and grow our faith and obedience. By leaning on God and trusting Him each step of the way, we are learning to lean on every word and plan of the Lord’s and less on our own.
- “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him;…” Genesis 12:4
Abraham (Abram) was a wonderful example of a faithful disciple. Abraham heard God’s call, His one step plan, and without question Abraham would do as the Lord asked, understanding full well that the Lord knew best, loved Him, had his best interests in mind, would protect Him, and could be depended on.
How well do you listen to and trust God with your life? God’s plans for us are good.
- “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “ plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
God wants us to excel. He wants us to shine forth for Him. He wants to bless us so that we can be a blessing to others. God is our parent who wants to cheer on His children.
- ““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.I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3
As we follow Abraham’s life, we come to realize that some of God’s blessings promised to him did not come true in his lifetime. Israel was not the great nation that God has promised. Some of God’s blessings are for future generations and some are to be received when we are received in heaven with Him. Though Abraham did not experience all the promised blessings while on earth, he still trusted the Lord to fulfill His promises. Abraham believed.
- “So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”” Galations 3:6
Learn to take one step at a time and trust God with your life. He is faithful and true.
- “The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.” Psalm 111:7
What is the next step God is asking you to do?