By Jeffrey Bush, Director of Vision Baptist Missions
1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.Genesis 12:1-5
The Lord said to Abram, “Get thee out…. I will shew thee.” and “Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him.” God tells Abram to get out, not specifying where he would be going, how long it would take, or the route to follow, and yet all we see is that Abram gets up and obeys. This seems to be the story and life of Abram (later Abraham). God repeatedly told him to do something, and Abram simply obeyed. God speaks to Abram without giving all the details of His instructions (he would have a child in his old age and later he would be asked to sacrifice that child), and Abram just follows and obeys whatever God says. How could you just give everything up and go when you cannot see the full picture? How could you just blindly say yes if God were to tell you to drop all and go somewhere? What about safety? What about money, family and future? It just doesn’t make sense to drop all your current plans just because God says to do something, but that’s exactly what Abram did.
In God’s Word we see that every man and woman that God used had this same character trait. They were willing to obey even when they did not know all of the outcome. So what about you? Would you be willing to say “yes” to the Lord if you feel Him dealing in your heart? God may not speak to us in an audible voice like He did to Abram; it may be through reading His Word, hearing a sermon, praying, seeing or thinking about the need. Sometimes we have the idea that God is not calling out any more people like at other times in history, but the truth is that God is still calling people. Many are not responding. Our ears are so stopped up and our lives are so packed full of our own ambitions, goals, and activities that many times we cannot hear when that still small voice speaks or nudges us. May we learn to be as Abram with ears and eyes wide open and a willing spirit that says, “Sure, I’ll go anywhere or do anything that you say, Lord.” Abram did not understand what every step of the way was going to look like, but what he did understand was that God could take care of every detail much better than he himself could. Abram was wise enough to know that his responsibility was not to understand everything. Rather, his responsibility was to simply obey God, and God would take care of all the steps along the journey.