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Abraham’s call to obey God’s Revelation was very special and exceptional. God called him out of a rebellious world to be a channel for salvation. He is an essential character in redemptive history. As we study him, we will learn a great deal about living a life of faith.

In the story of Abraham in the 3 chapters of Genesis 12-14, he was 75 years old when God commanded him to do a major move in his life.

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3

Abraham’s call started with God speaking to him. We don’t know exactly how this happened. But we do know that God made His will very clear to Abraham—he was to leave his country, his people, and his father’s household.

Many believers want to know God’s will. What is God’s will for my future? Am I at my comfort zone? What major should I pursue? Who should I marry? What should I do next? Should I remain in this place and bloom where I’m planted?

Everyone should understand a few important things about discerning and following God’s call. In one aspect, there is a general call for all believers as revealed through God’s Word. God calls for all of us to make disciples, to daily spend time with him through his Word and prayer, to be involved with and serve a Bible preaching church, and to turn away from sin. These are aspects of God’s general call for all believers.

On the other aspect, God also has a specific call for every believer—such as reflected in God’s call for Abraham to leave his home and family to be a blessing to the world. A specific call deals with things that are not clearly revealed through his Word—such as who to marry, what job to take, and how to serve. Sometimes, you just have to have faith.

The Promised Blessing and The Solution to the Strife

The story continued with Abraham, Sarah and Lot going to Egypt.

When Abraham entered Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarah was very beautiful. When Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh. So Abraham’s wife was taken into the household of Pharaoh, and he did treat Abraham well on account of her. Abraham received sheep and cattle, male donkeys, male servants, female servants, female donkeys, and camels. But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his household with severe diseases because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. When the Pharaoh found out that Sarah was Abraham’s wife and the reason for their famine, he immediately sent them out to leave Egypt.

So Abraham went up from Egypt into the Negev, taking with him his wife, Lot and possessions with him, and then finally settling between Bethel and Ai. He then first built the altar, and there he worshipped the Lord.

The conflict arises when Abraham’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen had quarrels over their dominions, leading them to separate ways, and Lot choosing the well-watered land. Not knowing the perils of his decision, Lot was attacked by other kingdoms, leading Abraham to save his brother. And because Abraham was with God, he won the battles and won over the lands.

The story of Abraham and Lot is one that portrays the preservation of God's people who place their faith and trust in God despite their challenging atmospheres.  The two men chose to obey God and moved from their land of origin into a land that God had promised Abraham. God kept them from many perils so that they have a stake in the life and ancestry of Jesus of Christ.

In a changing world where vows are broken, God always keeps His Word. In order to find out how to claim God’s Promises, read on the following points:

1.     Right Mindset: Obey God – Do not ever doubt God when He commands you to obey. Because no matter where He leads you, He will provide for all your needs. He will never leave you, so you just have to obey, and make yourself available.

2.     Right Objective: Glorify God – Never do things for your glory. Always remember Him in all your doings. Remember that it is through Him that you gain strength, so don’t allow yourself with temporary pleasures like fame and power. In every success, give back all the glory to Him.

3.     Right Motivation: Be Selfless – Die to your own self and let God fill you up. Do not be afraid when God moves in your life. Because at the end of the day, your identity is with Christ.

Let's be ready to receive His Promises as explained in Isaiah 40:8

“The grass dries up, the flowers wither, but the decree of our God is forever reliable.”