The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives,
and your father’s family and go to the land that I will show you.”
As we enter into this part of a conversation, we see that God is giving Abram specific instructions. Basically God says, “Get out of town, Abram.” Without really telling him why or where or what he should do when he gets there, God just tells him to go.
“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous,
and you will be a blessing to others.”
But God not only asks something of Abram, He also makes it clear what Abram can expect in return. In fact, fairly often in the Old Testament we see God instruct individuals, and then He generously gives them a guarantee about the results if they obey: a promise.
So Abram parted as the Lord had instructed….
Without the benefit of knowing what Abram was thinking, we see that he chooses obedience to God. This was no small feat, either. He had a wife, his nephew (Lot), and an entire household which included sheep, goats, and various other livestock as well as servants.
This time of packing up and leaving signifies the beginning of a long journey during which God promises Abram many things--things that he must wait for. Promises for land and offspring, fame and descendants. In fact, not too long into the journey God shows Abram the land his descendants will eventually be given.
Abram gave up a great deal of “security” in following God and trusting in His promises. As he was packing up to leave, people must have been asking him where he was going. And what could he say?
“Oh, well, I’m going wherever it is that God leads me.” In today’s world we might think that to be a bit irresponsible. In fact, I would probably be the first to call that a ridiculous thing to do.
Except that I’ve just done it.
Actually, I’m still calling it a ridiculous thing to do. Almost two years ago my husband and I sensed God prompting us to move from Ohio to Europe for mission work. And almost a year ago God took away our home and had us shed most of our earthly belongings. We knew we were headed to London but without any idea how long until we would make it there.
Oh, did I mention that we have four kids? Three teenagers and a pre-teen, to be exact. Like I said, ridiculous.
My husband keeps telling the people at his corporate job that he’ll be leaving soon, just to give them a “heads up”. They keep looking at him as if he has just said he’s raising support to move to the moon. I suppose when he gives them his official resignation notice in a couple of weeks maybe they’ll believe him.
Yes, he’s quitting his job so that we can go to pre-field training in Toronto, the last step of preparation before we can leave. Even though we don’t have all of our support in yet, it’s time to take that next step. And since God prompted us to do this, we can only assume He’ll provide what we need.
Although it’s tempting to think as the world does, we are reminded that what God calls us to do will often not make sense in the eyes of others.
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom….
1 Corinthians 1:25a
So we move on in our ridiculous journey, trusting Our Father for our daily bread. Knowing that following in His “foolish” plans will ultimately lead to His Glory and our good.
What kinds of foolish or ridiculous things (small or large) has God asked you to do?
See You In The Round,
Follow Julie and her family's adventure as God leads them to full-time missions work at their blog, Workman Adventures!