So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh. And the Canaanites were then in the land.
Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called the on the name of the Lord. So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.
As we read about Abram I see him being obedient. He listens to God’s word and then proceeds to follow that word. How many of us truly follow God’s word? The parable of the sower that Jesus taught seems relevant here. Some of us hear God’s word, and we like what is said. We say that sounds right, and we move on, however there is no root in the words. As soon as “shit happens” we tend to stop believing and of course stop following. We believe somehow there’s a better answer. There are some of us that hear God’s word and we follow and praise God, seeming like good Christians…you know church going folk! But when the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things show up it chokes what we have learned. We fall away and become lead by the world and our problems. But if we are like Abram and we hear God’s word, obey it, and follow it, we prosper and become the light for someone else. Jesus is the light that is within each and every one of us. Jesus said: ” I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus is calling us to follow Him and trust Him, just as Abram did. Abram trusted God when it didn’t make sense. When we can do this we are truly free. Then, nothing of this world can affect us. Paul the apostle wrote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). You can also do this if you just call on the name of Jesus! If you are reading this and you still don’t know what to say or do, I encourage you to …..just say Jesus!