Leaving everything we have known before to set out for the unknown can feel unsettling, to say the least. But at 75 years old?! Abram trusted this new path–this new way–and the promise of God’s presence and blessing anywhere. We take the first significant step on our journey with God when we accept a blessing that we believe is too large for us to deserve and a responsibility that we feel is too large for us to fulfill.
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-9 (Common English Bible)
1 The LORD said to Abram, “Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you.
2 I will make of you a great nation and will bless you. I will make your name respected, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, those who curse you I will curse; all the families of the earth will be blessed because of you.”
4 Abram left just as the LORD told him, and Lot went with him. Now Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran.
5 Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all of their possessions, and those who became members of their household in Haran; and they set out for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan,
6 Abram traveled through the land as far as the sacred place at Shechem, at the oak of Moreh. The Canaanites lived in the land at that time.
7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “I give this land to your descendants,” so Abram built an altar there to the LORD who appeared to him.
8 From there he traveled toward the mountains east of Bethel and pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the LORD and worshipped in the LORD’s name.
9 Then Abram set out toward the arid southern plain, making and breaking camp as he went.