So Abram went, as the Lord had told him… Genesis 12:4a
Read: Genesis 12:1-9
Listen: Genesis 12
Abram (later called Abraham) is just a guy living in Ur, minding his own business and worshipping local idols when the one true God speaks to him, “Go from your country.” Abram leaves behind everything familiar to pursue a journey of trust and obedience with this God who speaks and guides. His journey is grounded in three promises God makes—to give him land, cause a great nation to come through him and bless the world through him.
Relating to God through trust is new to Abram. Right out of the gate, he detours back to his old ways of self-protection and deceit that negatively affect those in his path. This gap in his faith proves his journey with God is going to have ups and downs. It will be a journey of self-revelation and spiritual growth as he learns to trust God each step of the way.
We are like Abram. The call to follow God and receive his promises is strong, but our own failings and vulnerabilities show our similar need for growth. This week, we will see how Abram is developing habits of trust through two conflicts that arise in his journey.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Reflect on your own journey of trust and where you have the most difficulty following God. Like Abram, do old habits get in the way of letting God have control of your decisions? Pray and ask, “Father, show me where I’m getting in the way of your blessings in my life. Help me grow in those areas.” If you’d like to speak with someone about this, email us at email@example.com.
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