Crazy or Obedient?

Genesis 12:4 “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him” 

At first glance, this statement is fairly basic and doesn’t seem all that significant. The Lord told Abram to do something, and he did it. Simple enough.

Simple enough, that is, until you check out what is going on around this statement. In verse 1, God told Abraham to make somewhat of a life adjustment. You know – just leave your family. No big deal. Oh yeah, leave your country. Leave your identity. Leave your familiarity. Leave your security. Leave.

Where does God tell him to go? That’s the crazy part! He tells him “I will show you.” No details. No plan. No GPS. Just go. God will take care of the rest.

So what does Abram do? He goes home, loads up his wife, his nephew, his workers and all their stuff, and rolls out. “So Abram went, as the Lord had told him” (vs. 4). Crazy? Yes. Obedient? Absolutely.

True obedience is taking God at Word and walking out a constant “yes” to His plan, even when we can’t see the plan. Abram believed God, took Him at His Word, and followed. Obedience.

Just as a side note, Abram was a mere 75 when God changed the direction of his life. Some retirement plan, huh?

-rw

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