Genesis 12:4 “So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.”
Through the 10-11 and into the 12th chapter of Genesis, we read of the descendants of Noah through his three sons down the line to his great-great-great-great-great-great grandson, Abram, whom we know later to be renamed by God as Abraham, father of the faith. When we begin reading the story of Abram, we learn that God tells him to leave the company of his father’s family and venture to the land of Canaan. There he is to make his home. In this passage we find that Abram was 75 years old when he set out for Canaan. Abram did as God commanded him.
Now I am in the second consecutive day where God speaks to me from the patriarchs of yore through their examples of doing what God commanded them to do. We remember from earlier on in Genesis that Noah entered into the ark by faith and was saved from the global flood that destroyed the earth because he had followed God’s directive to build the ark in the face of adversity.
Here in today’s reading, I see Abram, a rich nomadic herdsman, departing from the company of and no longer being under the auspices of his father’s family. He had to trust God, whom he had never seen but only heard, in order to venture off as he did to make his own way and start his own clan even at the age of 75. The big thing is that he did what God commanded.
There are two things I see in this passage: 1) it’s never too late to do what God tells you to do and 2) a principle that would be expounded upon later in the NT–“faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).” Abram heard the audible Word of God and acted upon it. We know that later on he will be tested in his faith by God, but he had faith nonetheless. How do we know he had at least some faith in God? The Hebrews author wrote, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (11:6).”
Many times people claim they don’t “hear” from God referring to actually hearing an audible voice or His voice within their spirit. The truth of the matter is that God still speaks. He speaks to us through the logos (written Word-the Bible) and does so through rhema (the spoken Word). Either way God speaks to you, He speaks nonetheless.
If you are not hearing His voice through rhema and struggle with God’s will for your life, THEN pick up a Bible and read it and spend time in prayer with God! He WILL SPEAK to you! The Bible contains God’s will for every believer. If He has not specifically called you to do a given task, THEN by all means fulfill the Great Commission! (See Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, and Acts 1:8.)
Father, in faith I am launching out into the tasks You have given me to do. I will be like the biblical examples, who did all they were commanded to do. At times I resemble some biblical examples who do what You called them to do but make mistakes here and there along the way. I know that there is only One perfect among those who have walked the earth…that is You my Lord! You have done things only in perfection. Oh that humanity were able to do the same, but we are completely reliant upon You! Despite setbacks in the past, I have not given up on You because You did not give up on me! I press toward the mark, the high calling of Christ, in order that I may finish the race and hear at the finish line, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It’s all for Your glory!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.