May14SatMay 14, 2022
“He said, “Brothers and fathers, listen! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran, and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives, and come to the land which I will show you.’” Acts 7:2-3 MEV
I read these verses and can’t help but hear God speaking to me. Get out of the old! Just get out of this country, this old mindset, this chaotic way of life. Get out of the country of doubt and fear and living in sin. Cast off the relatives of shame and negativity. Leave them behind. They are no good for you! And come, come to the land of the living. Come to the land of the Lord. Come to the land which I have prepared for you, says the Lord!
You know, Abraham could have said, No way! I’m not leaving my homeland, I’m comfortable here. I have friends and family. I have riches enough.” But he didn’t. He went out of his comfort zone, out of the familiar, and into the unknown. The land of the unknown didn’t scare him. Why? Because of what he did know. He knew God and trusted that God was with him and leading to where there was a better place. If God had said it and promised it, Abraham knew it to be true.
Now God didn’t physically take Abraham, uprooted him and took him to a foreign land. Nope. Abraham had a choice. He could stay at home or He could obey the Lords command. It was on him. And by his choice he would be blessed accordingly. God would still have loved Abraham if Abraham had chosen to stay at home, but Abraham would have missed out on the promises and blessings.
We are all faced with the choice of obeying the call of God or not. Sometimes it requires a bigger sacrifice and if we’re not willing to give up on the old, we will definitely miss out on the new God is calling us into. He’s a God of more! He’ll be forever beckoning us into more. If we ever find ourselves in a place in our lives where we are content and not growing in grace and wisdom, we’re already backsliding. For there will never be a moment in your life and mine where God isn’t saying, "Come higher! Come closer! Grow in the grace and knowledge of Me! Come and see what I have done!”
I’m thinking that whatever sacrifice we have to make on our journey, the reward will be greater. Whatever we might lose, we’ll regain a hundred fold. Jesus said that “For anyone who has left behind their home and property, leaving family—brothers or sisters, mothers or fathers, or children—for my sake, they will be repaid a hundred times over and will inherit eternal life.” Matthew 19:29 TPT . I don’t believe He takes anything from us, rather He’s asking us to trust Him, and give ourselves wholly and completely to Him, without reservation. He’ll restore back to us. He’ll make new, beyond all that we may ask or think. And If we find that there is something in our lives that we can’t let go of, maybe we should be asking if it’s worth it compared to what God has. Maybe we should evaluate it’s worth by eternity standards. What do we stand to lose? What do we stand to gain?
I’m asking God for the faith of Abraham. To help me to trust regardless. And if the choices get to be tough and I’m torn, I’m asking for an undivided heart and mind to choose wisely. Not my will, but His be done! Therein lies all that I may ever want or need. He’s true to His word and all His promises already come with a big resounding, Yes! All we have to do is say, Amen, may it be to me according to Your Word, oh Lord!