Intro: It is not unusual for the Lord to lead his children out of the familiar and into the unfamiliar, because this is how we grow. Sometimes, we are called by the Lord out of the familiar yet unhealthy habits or places, because if we stay we will self-slaughter. Still other times, we may be called out of the familiar in order to stretch our faith, trust, and endurance. Out of divine design, venturing into the unfamiliar requires a devotion to the Lord, because it is not a “comfy” journey spiritually, emotionally, or physically.
In our passage today, the Lord calls Abram to leave the familiar, but within that call and suffering there are many promises. If Abram will move toward the unfamiliar, God will provide the grace needed for he and his family to live a blessed life—offering such abundance they will be able to bless others. But there is more. God promises to share his goodness (cup of salvation) or his curses (cup of wrath) with the world one day depending on how others treat his people. Abram is renamed Abraham by God when he was called to be the father of multitudes. Jesus is the true offspring of Abraham; the blessed One of Abraham’s covenant. We are heirs of Abraham’s blessing, because of Jesus.
Genesis 12:1-3 NLT The Call of Abram
12 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. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 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.”
Prayer: Lord, when we face the unfamiliar we get anxious and try to figure out how things will work out. Yet, we know we must walk by faith and not by sight. Thank you for blessing us and making us a blessing. Thank you, as well, for dealing with those in the world who would mistreat us as your children. You will have the final say, so we trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.