by Brendon Foulke
Easy words are said, words that are easy to understand, but yet in retrospect are unfathomable. We see Abram and his wife Sarai, along with Abram’s brother Lot in this section. We see them together and listening to God. This story is one that can lead us in a way of confusion and of imagination. Imagine that you are sitting your living room, you and your wife with your kids, and God comes to you and says “pack up everything you own, all that you are, and follow my instructions and go to this piece of land that I will show you when you get there.” Would you do it?
This is essentially what God does with Abram. Abram is told to pack all of his belongings and take off and follow God wherever he leads. Here is the amazing thing: verse 4: “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.” He went without hesitation. He left the place he belonged, his father and mother, his friends, he left all of it behind and took off because he trusted God and his words.
Although Abram trusted God when he took off and followed, he didn’t trust himself. Abram lied about his wife so that he wouldn’t be killed. In the end God provided for Abram and his wife Sarai, as the Pharaoh was able to provide food, livestock and other things that Abram and Sarai needed to live.
Would you follow God no matter what the circumstance? Would you give up comfort? Would you answer the easy words of “Follow me?”