Stirred by the Unknown

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January 5, 2018 by Isaac Hovet

Grace Notes

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” (Genesis 12:1, ESV)

Hello Friends!  I can’t read this passage and not be stirred.  God tells Abraham, (still called “Abram” at this point,) to do something completely unsettling.  The Lord effectively says to Abraham: “Leave everything familiar—the people you’ve known—the things which anchor your life and make you feel secure…and step out to a destination I’ll explain later.”

Can you imagine?

Put yourself in his place.  Of course, we desire to be obedient sons or daughters, so we’d like to believe we’d say, “Sure, Lord.  When do we leave?”  In reality though, most our minds work in such a way that our first response would be something more like: “You’ve got to be kidding!  This command doesn’t make sense, Lord!”

That’s the…

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