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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:4–7
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. (NRSV)       

Faith. This is the single word that comes to mind when reading the story of Abram and Sarai (later in Genesis to become Abraham and Sarah). Abram left his homeland in obedience to God’s will and did so without questioning. His wife, Sarai, and nephew, Lot, did the same in obedience to Abram.

Faith and obedience are strongly tied together in most things that turn out well in life. Usually when I “go rogue,” I’m petrified of the results even though they usually aren’t catastrophic. It’s much easier to rely on faith through both good and bad times. It’s amazingly calming and always fruitful.

Hebrews 11:8–11 provides a nice synopsis of Abram’s faith journey—read it if you have an extra minute today. And then try to imagine how you might have reacted to God’s instructions to Abram. Would you have the faith to be obedient in such a way?

In humility and obedience, I listen for your instruction, dear God. Please give me the faith to act according to your will.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:7). Amen.

Written by Lesley Conzelman, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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