Read the story of God calling Prophet Abraham here (Genesis Chapter 12)
Out of the descendants of Noah came Abram (Abraham's former name).
Abram must have learned the story of Noah and how Noah walked with God intimately and trusted Him completely. In the Torah, God had very close relationship with Abram and spoke to Abram directly. Yet what He said was not easy for Abram.
A journey of faith
God first gave Abram a very difficult instruction: "Leave your country, your people, your father's household and go to a land I will show you."
What questions came to Abram's mind? This was a time before Google Map and TripAdvisor!
What will you show me? Do I really need to leave my home? What will happen after I get there? Is this place safe?
It was a completely unknown future. There was nothing to fall back on (except on God).
But God made a very important promise to Abram: "I will make you into a great nation... All peoples on earth will be blessed through you." (Genesis 12:2-3)
What does it mean to walk with God?
God had made his promise and instructions clear, but there are so many questions unanswered. But one thing we know from the story: Abram obeyed and left his home.
From this moment owards, God spoke to Abram (Abraham) directly and personally.
God also made it clear that the blessing was not only for Abram, but for the whole world. This close relationship was not only between God and Abram, but between God and all the descendants, including you.
But why on earth would God ask someone He loved so much to leave everything behind and walk into all sorts of danger, insecurity and uncertainty in a foreign place?
It was human nature to doubt. Abram had to ask God, "What can you give me?"
And God answered by repeating the same promise.
Abram chose to believe. God called him a righteous man.
Righteousness is based on faith in God. He didn't need to do anything except putting his trust on God. He let God rule in his life with absolute sovereignty. Walking with God doesn't mean we have all the answers about the future, but we know who controls the future and His faithfulness for us.
1. Is it possible God wants to be close to us and speak to us directly today?
2. What does God reveal about Himself and His relationship with His people in this reading?
3. Is God speaking to you? How would you respond to God?
4. Who can you share this story with?