There is so much to learn from this simple act of submission and faith, however, I would like to focus on three things. First, I would like to identify how God came to Abram. God told Abram that He needed him to move and remove himself from his current environment (because it was toxic), to receive his blessings. Then, God took it a step further and told Abram that He would make him a great nation. That He would bless him abundantly for his obedience and faith (Genesis 12:2). You see, when we allow God to be God and come to Him with a heart of humility, it allows us to be obedient to His word and have confidence that His promises will come to pass in our lives. This faith is what allows us to endure the hardships that we may need to face because we have the faith to know that our blessing is around the next corner. However, this cannot happen without being obedient to what God is calling us to do.
Secondly, when are obedient to God and live out our faith in Him, we are removing any wedges that are placed between us and God. The important lesson that comes from this is that God wants to bless us so we can be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2). When we allow God to reign over our lives and bless us, what we are really telling God is that we are willing to share His blessings with others. When God is good to us and we are good to our neighbor, we are living out the two most important things that Christ taught us all. These two things are to love God and love our neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40). You see, when we receive a blessing from God we just can’t sit still. He is blessing us for a reason and equipping us with another testimony to share with someone else, and this is important to understand.
Lastly, when we respond to God in faith and obedience, and then we are willing to share our blessings with others generously; it sets a special type of covering over us. What I mean is found in Genesis 12:3 when God tells Abram, “ And I will curse [that is, subject to My wrath and judgment] the one who curses (despises, dishonors, has contempt for) you.” You see, God wants to protect and cover everyone, especially, those who walk according to His will. This tells God that you are willing to be His hands and feet on eat and this sets you apart. God knows that Satan and this world will attack us for being different. They will curse us by saying harsh and hurtful things. They will try to be a stumbling block for us and even try to point out every little thing that we do wrong to discourage us from walking out our faith and changing our circumstances. However, by understanding that God not only wants to change our circumstances and bless us, but He wants to cultivate and protect His investment in us should give us the drive to “move” when God tells us to move.
Ultimately, like Abram, it is up to us to pack up and give God our all. When He calls us to move, are we going to second guess what we may be losing instead of thinking about what we may be gaining? We all know how this biblical story goes, Abram, “left” and because of His faith, we have seen God do many mighty things. So, I would like to like to encourage everyone reading this message to respond when God is telling you to move. If not, think about the blessings you are not only robbing yourself but those who God wants you to bless. I don’t know about you but when the time comes for my judgment, I never want to hear Jesus tell me “why didn’t you have the faith to move?” So I pray that the Holy Spirit illuminates this message for those who need to hear it and for Him to cultivate a feeling of peace in our hearts to walk in obedience and faith. Amen,