John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 12:1-3

Leave your country . . . and go to the land I will show you. (v. 1, niv)

Apart from Jesus Christ, Abraham is probably the most important person in the Bible. Often called “father of the faithful,” it is with Abraham that the story of redemption really begins. For reasons unknown to us, God calls this previously unheard of man from Ur of the Chaldeans and promises him some surprising things. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the people on earth will be blessed through you.”

That was quite an honor. You might think Abraham must have been quite a special person—that he must have been super talented or greatly gifted. But that wasn’t the case at all. There was nothing in Abraham that commended him to God. In fact, he came from a family of idol worshipers. God did not call Abraham because he was a great person; he became a great person because God called him.

And the amazing thing is that God calls us too. He wants to bless us and make us a blessing to others. Are you willing to listen?


Thank you, Lord, for calling me. Help me to listen to what you have to say to me. Amen.