The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
Abraham believed God, and God counted him as “righteous because of his faith.” That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in God who brings the dead back to life and creates new things out of nothing.
God told Abram to leave his country for a land that He would show him… sometime in the future. Abram had to leave behind everything he relied on for safety and sustenance.
Put yourself in Abram’s place for a moment. You’re seventy-five years old, with a wife in her mid sixties. You’ve lived in one place all your life. You’re an established leader in the community, and many people depend on you.
Suddenly God appears before you and commands you to hit the road for an undisclosed location. And since you have no idea where you’re headed, there’s no way you can make travel plans! Can you imagine the kind of courage it must have taken, not just to believe and obey God, but to explain this crazy idea to your wife? That’s really courageous!
Has the Lord ever asked you to do something without giving you all the details? How did you respond? Ask God to give you the courage to trust Him at His word, unconditionally. Thank Him for giving you the opportunity to see Him provide for you in a whole new way!
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If you aren’t currently a part of a home group, but would like to dive deeper into our study on Courage, join us on Tuesday nights starting July, 24 from 6:30-8:30pm in the worship center for a large group study on the book of Nehemiah led by Pastor Mark.
In this seven week course, we will dig deeper into the heart of courage and how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Free childcare is available.