"The Lord had said to Abram, 'Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.'"
Genesis 12:1 (NIV)
When God told Abram, later called Abraham, to go, He didn't give Abram many details about where he was going. However, Abram knew he was leaving his country, his community, and his father's home. He only knew that he was going to where God would show him.
Our Comfort Zone
I am comfortable where I live. I know the quickest route to get to where I need to go. I know the best places to eat. I know the parts of town to avoid. I have friends that I can pop in to visit without much notice. I enjoy walks downtown with my family, where I will usually pass others whom I recognize because they too enjoy their evening strolls around town. I have a job; my girls have a great school, and my husband is the pastor of our church. This is my home. What if God told me to leave and go?
This hasn't always been my home. I was born in Mobile, AL, which I like to call the Deep South, the Bible Belt. There, I knew all the ins and outs of the city and the neighboring cities. I had friends, ones whom I had known since young childhood. I was comfortable. I wasn't ever one to say that I couldn't wait to get out of my town. I loved (and still love) Mobile. Then girl meets boy, and not only that, but he is living in Scotland. I had to start thinking, "Is Mobile the place for me?" And I felt God saying, "Go."
Abram didn't know where he was going. I at least thought I did. Matthew owns a home, so of course, I'm moving to Scotland, right? Ummm...no. Matthew is feeling led to go into ministry and to seminary. I didn't know anything about seminaries. I didn't even know where any were located, and I knew there wasn't one in Mobile. Much like Abram, I felt like I was blindly going where God was leading my new husband and me. Here we were taking a blind step forward to Louisville, KY.
I was more like Sarai when we came to Louisville. I followed my husband. We didn't have a job, but we had an apartment and tuition to pay. I was nervous, and I leaned on my new husband. I learned what God says in the Bible about leaving your mother and father and clinging to your spouse (Gen. 2:24). God United us, and we drew closer to each other, and more importantly, closer to Him.
Why are We Called
I believe there are many reasons that we are called and told to go. However, I believe each time, our faith in Christ is being built up. Hebrews 11:8-10 recalls the account of Abraham going and credits him with faith.
"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God."
(Hebrews 11:8-10 ESV)
Where is your comfort zone? What makes you feel most secure? Who are you following?
The reality is that true comfort and security is always discovered when we lean on God and trust Him wherever He leads us.