The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
Genesis 12:1, NIV
Trusting God is a great adventure. He initially asks us to offer up all that we hold dear and find our security in, for the sake of following Him. In Genesis 12 we learn this through two commands God gives Abram: “Leave” and “Go.”
LEAVE – God instructs Abram to leave his country, his people and his father’s household – everything that makes him feel secure. We are creatures of comfort, and change is hard because it threatens all we have become and have built for ourselves to remain secure. But God knows that this dependence is ultimately destructive (and deep down we know it), so He calls us to leave. This call to leave is not one of artificial self-denial; rather it is an invitation to be free of affections, other than Christ, that rule our hearts.
GO – God then tells Abram to go to a place that He will show him. I would imagine that Abram was a bit anxious, mystified and uneasy. But note, Abram is being invited somewhere that God has already been. Enjoy this principle: God never leads us where He has not already been. At the same time we are asked to relinquish control over our small, neatly defined world. God leads us to the frontier of life and faith where so much more awaits us – especially Him! Abram did go and God gave him more than he ever dreamed.
If God is stirring in your heart, it may be that He is preparing you for an adventure. Are you ready to have your life disrupted in a way that you never expected – but need?
QUESTION: What are the greatest obstacles to trusting God in your life? Recount some ways that God has led you past your fears and revealed a greater purpose in your life.