Reading the Word
Now the Lord said to Abram,
“Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your father’s house,
To the land which I will show you;
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Reflections on the Word
In packing up his belongings and moving his family across the desert, Abram was taking the first step in what was to become the all-time classic life of faith. He was in addition to set in motion a stream of history which would change the Western world for three millennia, would allow Abram to contribute through his descendants more to modern music, drama, science and banking than any other man and would remain at the center stage of world history at the end of time. From his loins would spring not only kings and prophets but the redeemer of the world. It is impossible to estimate the effects on human history of Abram’s decision to leave Haran.
But Abram had no means of foreseeing, let alone understanding Einsteinian physics, Rothsteinian banking or two thousand years of church history. He had but the word of God and the promise of a destiny. His decision to move out, sacrifice or no sacrifice, was essentially a gamble of faith. He trusted God that there were better things for him than lay in Haran.
I do not know what your Haran is. To leave it may be a less traumatic decision than Abram’s. But in its way it will be just as momentous.
The Cost of Commitment
Responding to the Word
Someone once said that writing a novel is like driving at night with your headlights on—you can see only a few feet ahead, but you can make the entire trip that way. Living a life is like that, too, I think. Certainly a life of faith. Give me the grace, O God, to live such a life . . . and to realize that though the light given me is never as much as I would like, it is enough.
It is enough.