Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. (Genesis 12:1-2)
We remember God’s call to Abraham, back before he was renamed by God, when his name was Abram. This call from God came to Abram when he was settled in a place and surrounded by people he had known a long time. Abram was seventy-five years old, when God called him, and he responded, and made a new start. Abram ventured out into the unknown. Abram followed God.
What Abram did can be held up as our example, as we begin a new day.
First, let us hear what God has to say. It may be that God has been trying to be heard for some time. Now may be the time we pay attention. What God says is more important than what anyone else says. God is usually doing something new in our lives. So when God says something new, it fits with a day that is new, and a desire to do God’s will.
Next, be ready to go or do something that is outside of the routine. This does not suggest that every person will get this particular message. In fact, in other times to other people God has called them to stand fast, remain firm, and keep doing what they have begun until it is completed. However, Abram is among the many that God called to do something unfamiliar, and it may be that God has such a plan for your life.
Finally, notice that there are many blessings about to happen. In Abram’s case, he would become a great nation, would be blessed, and his name would be great. There are very few of Abram’s contemporaries that you or even eminent historians can name, unless they were associated with Abram, members of his family or people he met. Also, see that Abram will be a blessing. What he does will benefit others. We like our efforts to benefit others, it gives our lives meaning, and at the end of a day, a sense of having done things well.
As you venture into today, into tomorrow, keep the picture of Abram in your mind’s eye. Let God propose to you what you can and will do with the all that awaits.
Yours in Christ,
Dr. John A. Dalles, Pastor