READ : Genesis 12:4-9
So Abram left, as the Lord had told him. (v. 4, niv)
Abraham’s obedience is communicated in one simple sentence: “Abram left as the Lord had told him.” What really set Abraham apart is that he didn’t just listen to God, he obeyed. He did what God told him to do.
Obeying God is not a high priority for many people today. I once read a newspaper article that said that for most people the Ten Commandments were more like “the Ten Suggestions.” But the Bible tells us that wherever God offers us his gracious promises he also requires our response of obedience.
Jesus’ ministry illustrates this truth. Seeing four fishermen by the Sea of Galilee, he told them to follow him. He did the same with a tax collector named Matthew: “Follow me,” Jesus commanded. And amazingly, his disciples did just that. The fishermen left their boats and nets, Matthew left his tax booth and his money, and they all followed him.
Here’s the most basic thing to know about the call of God. It must be followed. Ignoring it puts you in the perilous position of having to fend for yourself, having to rely on your own strength and wisdom. But by obediently following the will of our heavenly Father, our journey, though not always easy, becomes an exciting adventure of faith.
Help me, O Lord, to hear your call and obey it by following you. Amen.