Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.
So Abram departed [in faithful obedience] as the Lord had directed him; and Lot [his nephew] left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
Last week, we talked about Nehemiah; who not only knew where he was going, but it was his idea. Today, we meet Abram, later to be known as Abraham. He lived where his father Terah had settled after the confusion of languages at the Tower of Babel. After his dad passed away, God told Abram to leave the land of his father's to go to a land he would show him. If you know about the enneagram, I am a type six. Very much a planner; very much a, "you gotta give me the rest of the directions," person. God didn't tell him a location at first, He just said to go. So Abram did. He packed up his family and all his stuff and just went🤷♀️. Maybe he flipped a coin, maybe he always wanted to see Canaan, maybe he let someone else pick the direction. The bible doesn't say, but he trusted God enough to know that He would lead Him to the right place. When he entered Canaan, God told him that land belonged to his descendants. He built an alter there. He built an alter all over during his travels. Our alters are the testimonies we keep in our hearts and share with others along the journey of our life. The more he traveled, the more land he realized would be his. Not only would his family inherit the land, but Abram would be a blessing to all around him. There's two truths that we can draw from Genesis 12 and 13. When God says go, we may not know the details, but He does; and unlike Abram, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us as we walk. Just start doing something, going somewhere, learning something when God says go, and let him open the doors before you. As young adults, it seems expected of us to have our lives planned out. It's okay to not know. Just step out in faith and listen for God to be your guide.
The second truth is this- God blesses us to bless others. We can give from the abundance of our time, talents, finances, relationships, etc., with the intent of blessing those around. Don't know what to do with your life? Listen, take a step, listen some more, and be a blessing to those around you in the process.