Daily Word of Grace # 204 (December 28, 2020)

One of the most important events of the entire Bible was the Lord’s call to Abram, whose name the Lord later changed to Abraham.  He was wealthy, established, elderly and secure.  And yet the Lord still called him, “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  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 shall be blessed’” (Genesis 12:1-3).  And Abram responded to that call from the Lord, and left everything behind him not even knowing where he was going, knowing only that it was a place the Lord would later show him.  But Abraham went anyway because although he did not know where he was going he knew Whom he was following—and indeed through Abraham God blessed “all the families of the earth.”  Throughout his earthly ministry Jesus similarly called people to leave things behind and follow him (Matthew 3:18-22) and later proclaimed, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25).  Like Abraham, you may not know where the Lord is leading you, but knowing Whom you are following is enough.

Love and Prayers,