Devotion for February 5, 2018

GENESIS 12:1-6

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

4 So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. 5 He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, 6 Abram traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time, the area was inhabited by Canaanites.

GO TO THE LAND I WILL SHOW YOU

This is our introduction to Abraham, the Father of the nation of Israel. The first thing God tells him is to take his family, all that he owns, and leave his native land. God tells him to “go to the land I will show you.” Notice God says, “I will show you.” Abraham takes a step of faith in God without knowing where it will take him.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does God say Abraham and his family will be?

Q: Abraham trusted God and obeyed God in the face of uncertainty. Can you think of a time when you’ve trusted and obeyed what God said, even if the future was uncertain?

Q: What characteristic of God can we learn based on the way He communicates to Abraham in this passage?

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