As I start today and consider pivot or turning points in my life, I reflect on a few years when big changes took place. Be it 1994, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2013, and 2022 and how each of them required stepping out of my comfort zone and stepping into something new. When I think of what took place in 2000, it was the beginning of the journey of having a relationship with Jesus. When I think of 2013, it was trusting God enough to leave a place I had been for just over 19 years and on the 19 year and 1 day getting God’s message from Job 42:12 to encourage me to trust Him! When I think of 2022, it was trusting God enough to leave a place I had been for nearly 9 years and stepping into a new and smaller company because He called me to do it. There were additional ticks in my timeline too that required me to answer the call when God’s rang and the need to learn how to answer it and be obedient to it, even when it felt uncomfortable or outside of my comfort zone. And as we closed our reading from the book of Job yesterday, I am amazed to see the reading continues into the story of Abram when God called him to leave the comforts in order to go and do and become who God had created and purposed for him to be.
- Genesis 12
- Genesis 13
The calling of God requires not only that we answer it but walk in obedience to it.
- The Call of Abram and Sarai and their Journeys to Egypt
- ‘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. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 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.” ‘ Genesis 12:1-3
- Will you answer the call, question the call, or answer the call?
- ‘So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time, the area was inhabited by Canaanites. ‘ Genesis 12:4-6
- Are you ready to listen and receive the promises of God because you answered the call with obedience?
- ‘Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants. ” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord , who had appeared to him. After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord , and he worshiped the Lord . Then Abram continued traveling south by stages toward the Negev. ‘ Genesis 12:7-9
- As you are stepping up and stepping in, will your motivation and response be driven out of faith or fear? Consider the implications and impact on you and others of responding out of fear!
- ‘At that time a severe famine struck the land of Canaan, forcing Abram to go down to Egypt, where he lived as a foreigner. As he was approaching the border of Egypt, Abram said to his wife, Sarai, “Look, you are a very beautiful woman. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife. Let’s kill him; then we can have her!’ So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you.” And sure enough, when Abram arrived in Egypt, everyone noticed Sarai’s beauty. When the palace officials saw her, they sang her praises to Pharaoh, their king, and Sarai was taken into his palace. Then Pharaoh gave Abram many gifts because of her—sheep, goats, cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels. But the Lord sent terrible plagues upon Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. So Pharaoh summoned Abram and accused him sharply. “What have you done to me?” he demanded. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ and allow me to take her as my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and get out of here!” Pharaoh ordered some of his men to escort them, and he sent Abram out of the country, along with his wife and all his possessions.’ Genesis 12:10-20
How will you respond to conflict? How will you respond to outgrowing the situation? Will you be generous and gracious?
- Will you remember all that God has done in and through your life?
- ‘So Abram left Egypt and traveled north into the Negev, along with his wife and Lot and all that they owned. (Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.) From the Negev, they continued traveling by stages toward Bethel, and they pitched their tents between Bethel and Ai, where they had camped before. This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and there he worshiped the Lord again. ‘ Genesis 13:1-4
- Abram and Lot are faced with their respective prosperity and need for more space
- ‘Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had also become very wealthy with flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and many tents. But the land could not support both Abram and Lot with all their flocks and herds living so close together. So disputes broke out between the herdsmen of Abram and Lot. (At that time Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land.) ‘ Genesis 13:5-7
- Would you take the high road, being gracious and generous?
- ‘Finally Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not allow this conflict to come between us or our herdsmen. After all, we are close relatives! The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.” Lot took a long look at the fertile plains of the Jordan Valley in the direction of Zoar. The whole area was well watered everywhere, like the garden of the Lord or the beautiful land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the east of them. He went there with his flocks and servants and parted company with his uncle Abram. So Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and Lot moved his tents to a place near Sodom and settled among the cities of the plain. But the people of this area were extremely wicked and constantly sinned against the Lord . ‘ Genesis 13:8-13
- The benefits of living life God’s way in order that He will be glorified.
- ‘After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted! Go and walk through the land in every direction, for I am giving it to you.” So Abram moved his camp to Hebron and settled near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. There he built another altar to the Lord.’ Genesis 13:14-18
For 2023 I am returning to the pattern of reading through the Bible in a Year and as such will use it as my source for the upcoming year of BeTheDads.com devotionals.
Did you read something today that felt like a new revelation? Would you be willing to leave a comment or question? Are you walking your life with God? Have you made the decision to invite Jesus into your life so that you can have the divide covered? Have you invited Jesus to be Your Lord and Savior, paying the ultimate price to cover the original sin for we have all missed the mark, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and we all need Jesus, our Lord and Savior to help us be forgiven and reconciled back to God! Could today be your day? Let’s pray: