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By Jeff Huff
God’s plan of redemption can be traced back to this passage in early Genesis. In the previous chapters of Genesis, readers discover that sin has caused humanity to fall to an all-time low. Genesis 12 is pivotal in that it records the calling of Abraham, and the future blessing that all the nations of the earth will be blessed by his offspring, which culminates in the coming Messiah (cf. v.3).
Undoubtedly, God is the catalyst behind the plan of salvation. He ultimately fulfilled his promise to Abraham by sending forth His one and only Son through Abraham’s offspring. Yet one of the interesting things in this passage is the command that God gave Abraham. It was to “go” … to get away from his own country into a land that God would show him. Abraham was called to leave the comforts of home behind, and to launch out into the unknown. This one single act of obedience sets the plan of God’s redemption in motion. What is it that God is calling you to do that you’ve been putting off? Reach out to a lost family member? Serve in a ministry area here at Lifepoint? Commit to a Lifegroup?
Notice that Abraham was instructed to “go” before he received God’s blessings. How many times do we desire the blessing of God up front before we obey God? Are you giving God certain conditions to meet before you step out in obedience to Him?
The passage ends with the words, “So Abram departed, as the Lord had directed him.” Could it be that it’s time to stop with the excuses and simply obey God? Remember, you can accomplish this by stepping out into the unknown like Abraham. The scriptures say “Abraham believed God and that it (his faith) was counted unto him as righteousness.” Hopefully this holiday season will not drown out the voice of God, and like Abraham, your faith will be counted unto you as righteousness.