Let’s take a look at the life of Abraham, how did he respond to following God when things looked opposite of what God had promised? Does your life seem overwhelming or as though what you see seems opposite of what you feel like God has spoken to your heart? Tonight I was reading in Genesis 12 myself and feeling similar.
(Genesis 12:1-7) The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will 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 peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
Abraham was throughout New Testament scripture hailed as a great man of faith, and is no wonder why because he left all he knew behind, and followed God into a land unknown because he “Believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness” the scriptures say. Look at what occurs though. He was told by God that he would be made into a “great nation” even though the circumstances of the present screamed otherwise, also he moved into the land he was called to possess but “At that time, there were Caanenites in the land”
The problems we face as Christians, and in general all have problems, but these problems are often what we allow to speak louder then God’s voice. We see “the Canaanites” that are still in the “land”
Now this land, later to be the Promised Land was still inhabited by enemies and I suppose you could say every Christian has a “Promise Land” – (All God would love to do in their lives, with their lives, as well as all the good things as scripture says “Stored up for those who fear him”
Yet we must be like Abraham willing to step out by faith and tread the unknown expanses and not give way to unbelief because we see the Caanenites of today- because these problems of today with God can be easily removed whenever God speaks a word and opens the path for us to walk through.
Life will always have some Caanenites, but life can be a wonderful blessing and full of great things God truly longs to give His people and those who also leave the old lands of their pasts, in sin, in the old ways of thinking and doing things, the old things we believe and ways of living and opperating that so many fear letting go because to them what they know, even if it is miserable and disatisfying does in a sense offer comfort because we as human beings fear changes. God understood how hard it was I am sure for Abraham to leave all that behind so he encouraged him many times along the way.
Eventually, Abraham was blessed for it with Isaac and not only so, His name is etched in scripture’s Hall of faith and even people outside of Juadasim and
Christianity know that name. God not only fulfilled his and Sarah’s longing for a child but gave them so much more then they ever dreamed possible because he had faith not to quit on God but held fast to the end.