Read: Genesis 11:31—12:5
There’s another character in our passage today who started off right but then dropped out. Maybe you already noticed that in Genesis 11:31. “Terah took his son Abram…and moved away from Ur of the Chaldeans. He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there.” — Genesis 11:31
Abe’s dad Terah set out for Canaan, he started off right but…he stopped. He wouldn’t risk it. He played it safe in Haran. Leaving everything behind would be hard so he decided to stay.
Settling (Terah) or betting the farm (Abraham): we have a similar choice don’t we? I don’t know about you, but I want to have a faith like Abraham, not Terah. I don’t want to start out on the journey but things get to comfortable so I settle in. I want to keep going until I reach the Canaan God has for me.
Now let me just pause for a moment to ask you: Do you ever trust God like that?
Some of you here today know your Heavenly Father wants you to take a leap like Abe did. Every once in a while when you’re praying there is something on the inside of you that says, “I really need to…” or “I really need to stop…” It’s not an audible voice, but it’s as if your conscience is tuned into something that it wasn’t before. And even thinking about this leap may scare you to death! But in the midst of your fear, you know God is calling you to TRUST Him.
And IF you’ll act, IF you take that one, next STEP, you know what you’ll discover? You discover, “oh wow Lord! That was YOU banging on my heart, you actually paused and spoke to me, you care about me.” And your life will be SO different, you will see growth, because you will have done — maybe for the first time — what your Heavenly Father has invited you to do.
The reason we even know who Abraham is, is because in that moment he decided to trust God. You don't want to spend the rest of your life wondering what would have happened if you would have said yes…
I pray we’ll all say yes to Him today.
Close your time in prayer.