Today my daily reading was in Genesis 12-13 and I find Abram’s story intriguing for a few reasons.
In Genesis 12, God tells Abram to go, leave his people to a place I will give you. What does Abram do? He packs his bags and family and leaves. As I read that today I began wondering why did Abram just pack up and leave? Then I was reminded of this verse,
Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there. (Gen 11:31)
Could it be that God moved in the heart of Abram’s father so that Abram could have an example of getting up and going. The concept of getting up and going wasn’t new to Abram, but the Lord telling Him to get up and go was and Abram obeyed God.
Abram, A Man Learning To Be Faithful
Another thing I find interesting is Abram was a man learning to be faithful. Abram obeyed God by getting up and going but Abram lacked faith in God to protect them from the Egyptians and lied to them to save his own skin. Abram was a man learning to be faithful, just like you and I.
Abram Wasn’t Selfish and Greedy
One more intriguing fact is that Abram wasn’t greedy and selfish. When he entered into a dispute with Lot, he let Lot choose where he wanted to go first. Abram didn’t choose the best of the land, Lot did. Why? I believe it is because he was beginning to trust in the Lord. Abram was learning to walk in trust and obedience to God. After this dispute, the Lord reiterated His promise to Abram, all of this will be yours. Amazing
Until next time
Soli Deo Gloria