2. Obey immediately

Abram, Sarai, his father, Terah and Lot was on their way to Canaan. But on the way they stopped at a village named Haran and they decided to settle there. It was only after the death of Terah that God spoke to Abram and told him to continue further.

"Leave your country, your relatives, and your father's house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you." Genesis 12:1 - 3

Wow, what an amazing thing to hear over your own life. It must have been a very humbling moment for Abram to realise that not only will he be blessed, but others will be blessed through him. Plus it has already been mentioned in Genesis 11:30 that Sarai cannot have children and here God tells him that he will be a father of a great nation. What a wonderful confirmation. And how did Abram react upon this news?

"So Abram departed as the Lord instructed him." Genesis 12:4

What an amazing example. He didn't have a list of excuses like Moses and Gideon did when God called them. No, he immediately obeyed and departed for the land God will show him. He didn't waste any time. It might not sound to you as something extraordinary, but it was. It was not so easy to move for them as it is to us today. It was much more difficult. He had nothing to go on, no GPS to lead the way, no internet to tell him more about the country where he was going to, no guarantees that everything will work out, no protection from police, he had only God's Word and that was enough for him. Abram was an extraordinary man, the father of the faith.

And the same goes for us as well. If God tells us to do something we must obey without delay. We mustn't think of a dozen excuses why we can't do it; we should rather obey immediately and go where God leads us. Now some of you might say that it was easy for Abram to obey, because he heard God's voice speaking to him. You are right in saying that, yes, but remember he didn't have the written Word of God and he didn't have the Holy Spirit living inside of him. We have both. We actually have an advantage above Abram due to that. God's living Spirit is inside of us and guides us, talks to us and helps us every day. We tend to forget what an awesome privilege it is.

Obey God, don't delay. I have delayed obedience in my life before and I literally saw how God blessed those that stepped out in obedience without delay and how He told me that it was too late for me to complete that specific task now. It was a heartbreaking lesson to learn, but it was one that stuck with me. Don't miss out on God's tasks in your life. Each one is a blessing; something He knows will build up your character and strengthen you within. Don't miss out on it due to fear and insecurities that you have. Step out and be counted. God will be pleased and you will be blessed.

Father please help us to hear Your voice loud and clear. We want to be obedient to You and we want to follow through with the tasks that You have for us. Please help us with that, we are nothing without You. Thank you that we can know that You are always by our side. In Jesus' Name. Amen

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