Abraham’s Obedience

“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:” – Genesis 12:1
“So Abraham really wasn’t totally obedient at this point. And this to me is interesting, because Abraham is always held as the model of faith in the New Testament, the model of a man who believed and trusted God. He’s the prime example of the man who believes. And so many times when we read about faith and the exploits of faith, we think, “But I’m so weak and I’ve blown it so many times, surely I can’t do it”. It’s good to know that Abraham wasn’t perfect nor was his faith perfect. It’s good to know that you don’t have to be perfect and your faith doesn’t have to be perfect for God to honor you.

So God said, “Get away from your family”. He took his dad with him from the Ur of the Chaldees to Haran. That was an incomplete obedience. Stopping at Haran was incomplete obedience to God. So even men noted as men of faith have their moments. And just because you slipped back and have your moments doesn’t mean that God won’t honor you and honor your faith, or that God doesn’t love you and wants to still work in a powerful way in your life, just because you blow it and you stop at Haran. It doesn’t mean that the call of God is going to be removed and there’s no chance for you to go on and fulfill that which God has laid upon your life and your heart to do.

Many people have stopped at Haran, but the time came for him to move on, which he did. Maybe the time has come for you to move on from your Haran. “The Lord said, Get thee out of thy country, from thy father’s family.” – Pastor Chuck Smith C2007 (Word for Today)

About Jeff James

Associate Pastor and Worship Leader of Calvary Chapel Thomasville.
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