It’s been such a ride with you… the book of bible stories series is for you to see the Bible heroes and generals as humans who went the extra mile for God. They are not just story characters, these events recorded in the Bible actually happened centuries ago and they were not human with wings or two heads. They had the same physical structure like you have today, the women in the Bible are pretty like you and I… acne, pimples, mensuration, PMS, puberty, adolescence, adulthood, dealing with boys, giving birth and raising children, they went through it all and were still able to make radical decisions for God, they were able to live totally for God. This tickles something inside of me… the understanding that these people were humans too.. “REGULAR HUMANS” without the Holyspirit or Jesus. I implore you to please stick with me as we go through the lives of these God-Generals from our book of bible stories.
Abram was a regular man who made a decision to trust God and walk with Him. The second time Abram was introduced to the scene in the Bible was when God gave Him and instruction to leave his country.Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.”(Gen 12:1). That was the first time it was recorded that God had a conversation with Abram and it was an instruction. Abram’s country must have been his comfort zone, where he grew up, had his family there, childhood friends, in-laws, properties and anything any man could possibly own then He gets an instruction to leave everything and go to a land that he doesn’t know. It’s a different thing if God gave him the name of the land to move to but Abram did not have a specific location that God wanted him to be, But, he trusted God enough to lead him through it. He had an understanding that wouldn’t hurt or disappoint him so, he left his father’s land and obeyed God to a location he did not know. One thing that struck my mind throughout the first instruction Abram got was that, he had to stay in touch with God. If he hadn’t heard God at every point of the journey to the foreign land, He might have missed the way. Which means that even when he got tired and wanted to give up, he still listened to God. “So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.”(Gen 12:4)
Abram had a vital relationship with God. I know that because it was recorded that he constantly had conversations with God which was rare in His time. His relationship with God, His understanding of who God is helped him build an unshakable trust in God and confidence in God’s word so that when God promised him children as much as the stars in the sky, he believed God totally even though he was considered barren at that moment. God’s promise to Abram was surreal. He was 75 years old, it did not seem logical to actually have a son at that age with his aged wife Sarai. God said it and he believed it. Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.(Gen 15:2). After this encounter with God, Abram changed his name to Abraham ( Father of many nations). A man who had no child at all. It must have been weird to him to have people call him Abraham. I’m sure people would have made mistakes and call him Abram and he would have corrected them. Now we call Abraham, Father Abraham. The whole world lays claim to being seeds of Abraham.
Forward Step; Faith is a Response. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. For you to be able to trust God the way you should, you need to understand who God is for yourself. Stay in the word, stay full of the word so that you always have God-like responses against whatever circumstance you might be going through. Trust God and Have Faith because the Word Works.
Resources: Study the life of Abraham from the Bible.