God’s Promises to Abram—Genesis 12
1 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.”
And in Hebrews 11:8 & Isaiah 55:5 it says “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance obeyed. And he went out, not knowing where he went.” (NKJV)
Lets look for a moment at Abraham’s call. Abraham was commanded, he immediately obeyed and he rejoiced. Abraham went without any hesitation; he did not make any excuses. Abraham believed in God so there were no arguments.
Abraham left everything behind even though others thought him insane. His call from God brought joy to his heart and cheered his spirit because he knew that God was with him every moment. God would lead him exactly where God wanted Abraham to be. God provided for Abraham because Abraham obeyed without question.
Charles Spurgeon once said “When men have no faith, God invites them to reason, but when they have faith, reasoning with God becomes a sin.”
Abraham was seventy-five years old when he left Haran with his wife Sarah, his brother’s son, Lot, and all his people and belongings. Abraham followed God’s call to Canaan and the Lord appeared to him and said, “To your descendents I will give this land.”
Quoting Spurgeon further: “From then on Abraham and his seed are almost the only subject of the history in the Bible. All the true blessedness the world is now, or ever shall be possessed of, is owing to Abraham and his posterity. Through them we have a Bible, a Savior, and a Gospel. They are the stock on which the Christian church is grafted. (Ge 12:4)”
“We may rest assured that when Abraham started he asked no questions concerning how far or to what place he was journeying. He left that all in the hands of God. His faith put its hand inside the hand of its Father, and he was content to be led wherever his Father would lead him.
Be an Abraham! Leave everything, and if you do this in faith, verily you shall not lack your reward. He is able, and He has promised to give you in this life ten times more than you lose for Him, and in the world to come life everlasting!”
Abraham’s life was a life of prayer. In a word, Abram illustrates the heavenly calling of those who are members of the body of Christ. The call of Abram shows us the starting-point of the life of faith. The first requirement is separation from the world and from our place in it by nature.