“So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him… and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.” ~ Genesis 12:4
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.” ~ Hebrews 11:8
POINTS to PONDER:
- Abram (later renamed Abraham) was called when he was (by the standards of the time) late middle age: seventy-five years old.
- Abram had a full-time job and responsibilities: he was a herdsman and he had a household (Sarai and Lot, and the live-in employees) to take care of.
- Abram DID NOT KNOW WHERE HE WAS GOING.
- It would take more than 500 years for Abram’s descendants to inherit the land God promised to Abram. Abram would not even be alive to see God fulfill His promise.
In summary, God called a middle-aged man in his late career and told him to leave where his business was well-established: to go to a place he had never seen or heard about that God would give to his children 500+ years later.
Now that takes FAITH!!!
QUESTIONS to ASK
► Would you do what Abram did, if God called you? Are you “crazy” enough to say yes to God’s call?
Would you uproot your family and business/career to start over in a new place because God told you? Think carefully before answering. Many of us find it hard to change our routines just to visit someone who is sick. “I just couldn’t rearrange my schedule.” Most church’s midweek Bible studies are attended by < 5% of the church members. Most churches struggle to find volunteers for… anything. We are all perpetually “too busy”.
► Will you follow God, when you don’t know where He is leading you? Would you follow God when you can’t see the end, the goal, the target, the finish-line?
How many times have we quenched the Spirit with icy-cold waters of logic? How often have we felt God tug on our hearts… but calculated our way out of responding? “It doesn’t ‘add-up'”, we say. So we keep our feet firmly inside the boat, because we know no one can “walk on water”.
►Will you follow God, knowing you may never see the full fruit of your labor?
Would you share the Gospel with a stranger? Would you plant the seed not knowing if it will grow or when it will be reaped?
►Would you change career, to follow God’s call??
Would you risk your retirement plan? Would you risk your family? Suppose it’s not safe? Suppose you or a loved one dies?? Fellow missionaries, Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian died trying to reach the Auca/Huaorani with the Gospel. Their wives and children had to face life without them. You have spent all your life trying to keep the family safe and secure… Can you bear to put all that you have achieved at risk now?
God is still calling us to follow Him, to do the work He has planned out for us from the beginning. The challenge, for you and for me, is to respond like Abram did: to trust God’s call over our calculation.