What will you do when God instructs you in 2019?
When reading Hebrews 11, we see that by faith Abraham obeyed the Lord when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. We also see that upon receiving these instructions from the Lord, that Abraham went out, not knowing where he was going.
Question #1…In 2019, would you? Before you answer that question, let’s take a look back at Genesis 12 to see what else Abraham had to consider.
“ 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. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4 So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
5 Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan…Genesis 12:1-5
Upon further review of this passage we see that Abraham had a lot to consider; One that many of US, WE, YOU and ME, would struggle with. I mean let’s be honest, who likes to have their comfort zone completely interrupted? Not much is said about Abraham before this time other than, who his family was, but boy did his story start off with a BANG! I don’t know where Abram (at that time) was, nor do I know what he was doing, but the Lord spoke to him and everything in his life shifted.
Are you willing to be shifted? Are you willing to be made uncomfortable?
When the Lord spoke to Abraham, He said…. Did you see that? The Lord didn’t ask Abraham; He said, He told, He instructed him, saying:
- Get out of your country!
- Leave your family!
- Get out of your father’s house!
- And go to a place that I will show you!
These four little insightful nuggets of instruction reveal to us the grace and call on Abraham, and the depth of his faith and trust in the Lord, which led to his obedience. The Lord called Abraham to leave a familiar place, to leave familiar people, to leave familiar provision, and go to a place of ABSOLUTE UNCERTAINTY! Beloved, that’s DEEP! You talk about being thrust or catapulted into a place of discomfort, this was it.
What I conclude about Abraham from these few verses alone, is that this brother-man had a sho-nuff, I mean a sho-sho nuff, relationship with the Lord. Yes, I know that the Lord followed His instructions with a beatitude of blessings, however, the fact of Abraham NOT-KNOWING how all this would come into fruition, yet going, obeying, and following the voice of the Lord, was TOTALLY AMAZING!
And catch this; this wasn’t a SOLO TRIP. His wife, Sarah, and his cousin Lot accompanied him. It’s one thing to go on a journey on your own, but for others to go along, who hadn’t heard what you heard, from Who you heard it from is a whole different story.
Are you listening for the Lord’s instructions? Has the Lord given you some specific instructions but you’re dragging your feet? Has the Lord instructed you and you’re in complete rebellion?
I don’t know where you are, but I pray that this message encourages you to JUST DO IT like Abraham did.
So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him…
Whatever God says in 2019, JUST DO IT! Let’s be honest when other people want us to do things, we do them, even it’s inconveniences us. So why not BELIEVE, TRUST, OBEY, and FOLLOW God’s instructions. He blessings are endless!