In the Bible we often find parts of people’s stories condensed. In this week’s reading about Abram (later called Abraham), we read, “So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.” Genesis 12:4 (NIV). Of course I’ve never discussed this with him, but I’ve got a hunch that there was a lot of soul-searching, praying, evaluating, and struggling going on between the time God said “Go” and when Abram “left”. Leaving one’s extended family in that culture was not something that many people did. Doing it at the age of 75, even less common. Abram didn’t have the Internet to assist him in mapping out the trip, determining the best places to camp, avoiding hostile groups, or finding a suitable homestead once he arrived at his destination. What Abram did have was a willingness to trust and obey God. He didn’t do this perfectly, as we will see later in our reading, but he did have a heart that was open and willing to follow, and that is the legacy he left to all of us. In fact, it is what God promised him: "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing”. Genesis 12:2 (NIV). Those of us who trust and obey God today, owe a huge debt to this man who, when God said, “Go,” he “left”.
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