‘The LORD said, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” ‘ Genesis 12:1 (NIV)
Abram did not know where he was going. He did not know anything about the place God would lead him to. He only knew he was leaving everything he had ever known. Home, family, friends, his culture, all that represented ‘comfortable’ to him would soon be just a memory. Abram had no one to provide him with visitor information.
The only thing Abram knew was what God had promised; He would make him into a nation. He would be blessed, and his name would become great. The LORD promised that He would bless those who blessed Abram, and curse those who cursed him. God also told him that all the peoples on earth would be blessed through him. Wonderful promises, but not a lot of visitor information.
God’s promises had to have been a lot to digest, don’t you think? Here is Abram, ready to do what God tells him to do, and all he knows is what God has promised him. He did not promise food. He did not promise him riches. Abram had always had these things, and would take what he had with him to this new place. He would set out for parts unknown, when he was also responsible for all his family, servants, and livestock. And he would have no way of knowing how long his supplies would last in this new land.
When I travel, I use maps and GPS to find my destination. When I get there, I am provided brochures, local maps, all kinds of tourism information. There are people I can talk to at the Welcome Center, who will give me tips and warn me of weather conditions, and wet areas, even if the mosquitoes are biting! They tell me the best places to eat. I will be well prepared when I step out to enjoy my time in that place.
Abram had no information about his destination. But Abram trusted God. He obeyed God, without question. And God proved to be faithful. The land God gave him and his offspring was well watered, as it was in the plain of Jordan. It was good land, like a garden. So Abram was not disappointed, and his family and livestock flourished there.
Abram did not have any Visitor Information. He had no road maps, no GPS, no guide, other than God. He took a chance, and he reaped rewards. He found that all he needed was the LORD, that all he required would be provided, and that what God promises He delivers. And Abram was thankful.
Do you need visitor information? If so, read the greatest brochure of all time, the Word of God. There you will find all you need to arrive safely at the destination God has for you, His kingdom, and to enjoy life everlasting!
‘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.’ Genesis 12: 7 (NIV)