Relying on God

1 Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 12:1–3). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

The opening of the history of Abraham comes one chapter later than the history of Babel. With Babel, nothing remains. With Abraham, the lineage of God’s chosen people spread across the earth — something those at Babel wanted to prevent.

Consider what God told Abram to do.

  1. He must leave his country.
  2. He must leave his kin.
  3. He must leave his father’s house
  4. He must go to a new land that God will show him.

If Abram does these things, God will make him a great nation; bless him; make his name great; Abram himself will be a blessing; and God will show blessings and curses to those who bless or curse Abram.

But what a leap of faith! It is not just that Abram must leave his country, he must leave everything. It is an easy thing in a nomadic period to leave a country, but not your kin and absolutely not your father’s house. Abram’s influence and wealth comes from his father’s house. But he must give it all up.

And he does.

The people who built the Tower of Babel trusted in themselves to make themselves great. Abram trusted in God and God made Abram great.

Sometimes God seems like he is asking a lot of us. He wants us to leave so much behind it seems. Our quest for fame, our quest for a fortune, our quest for a family, or more. Give it all up and surrender to God. Go where he leads and he will make you a blessing.

Abram trusted God and went into the unknown. God not only provided for him, but through him created a great nation and a dynasty that will live forever. We are heirs of the inheritance of Father Abraham. God will one day deliver us too into a land flowing with milk and honey.

We must just trust in the Lord and surrender ourselves to him. Oh how great a weight is lifted when we do. For through him we know all things are possible and we know all things work for our good.

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Erick Erickson

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