Read Genesis 12:1
God’s call of Abram began with an imperative — a clear command. God told him to leave his country for a land that He would show him ... sometime later. To receive the promised blessings, Abram had to leave behind everything he relied on for safety and provision — homeland and relatives — and trust that God would honour His commitment. The call he received as a nomad for the Lord was a call to move, a call to go, a call to leave behind the comfortable and the familiar.
Put yourself in Abram’s place for a moment. You’re roughly 75 years old, with a wife in her mid-60s. You’ve lived in one place your whole life. You have an established homestead in a familiar city with family and a community you’ve known since birth. Suddenly, the Lord appears to you in a manifestation you cannot deny as authentically supernatural, and He tells you to pack up and hit the road for an undisclosed destination.
Everything within us recoils from making big changes without thorough planning. Most of us need to see where we’re jumping before committing to a leap. But God called Abram to obey this call without complete information. Abram didn’t know where he was going, so he couldn’t trust in a well-thought-out, long-range plan. Nevertheless, the Lord gave Abram sufficient information to make a reasonable decision.
When Abram encountered the Lord, he knew that God was real. The undeniable echo of God’s voice left him no room for doubt. While his neighbours thought he had lost his mind, Abramhad good reason to trust in God, even without knowing every detail of the plan.
Has the Lord ever called you to do something without giving you all the details upfront? What helps you trust Him, even when you don’t have all the information?
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? — Psalm 56:4
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.