Comfortable With The Familiar
1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
(Genesis 12: 1 – 4.)
This passage is from the time before God changed Abram’s name (meaning high father) to Abraham (meaning father of multitudes, or of nations). God makes eight promises to Abram in these few verses. This is a point when God ends punishment and, through Abram, begins to try to guide people back to Himself in love, using his covenant with him.
We cannot know if Abram questioned himself, or God before following the command to go where God would show him, but obey he did. He left his home for God’s promise of greater blessings in a new land, He did not know for sure that he was going to somewhere better, he took it on trust. Imagine how deep Abram’s faith must have had to begin such a journey at 75 years of age, even if he did have questions and doubts before leaving Harran.
Sometimes we have to leave the familiar to find something better but we get too comfortable with the familiar, sometimes too afraid to leave the familiar; afraid to change. Imagine how the world would be now if just a tenth of today’s people had the strength of faith of Abram to follow God’s command. Could you have that much faith? I wish I could be as Faithful as Abram.
I have heard it said that the things we regret most are not what we do, but the things we do not do.
Perhaps the thing we do not do enough, is to trust in God and follow where he would lead you and me.