Genesis 12:1-7 (NRSV)

1 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. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”   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. 5 Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak  of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring  I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.   

Genesis 12:1 (NRSV)

1 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.   

DEVOTION – Byron Samuels (Florida)

I woke up one morning with a good feeling.  I was simply thinking of all the ways that God has come through for me in my life.  I was transitioning from a job that paid well to a new job where my income was much more uncertain.  But instead of worrying, I felt a sense of confidence and peace.

It reminded me of the story of Abraham and his obedience to the Lord.  God told Abraham to go to a new land that God would show him.  I can’t assume that Abraham never wavered, never doubted,  but he trusted and followed God’s instructions.  And God was faithful and gave Abraham and his descendants a new home.

God asks us to believe, to be obedient, and to trust that God will always be there for us.  When we face transitions and times of uncertainty, we can have faith and act in obedience, God will see us through.  God will never fail us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When we put our faith and trust in God, God will always come through.

PRAYER: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for always providing for us.  Even when we don’t understand, help us to be obedient to your will and your way.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE FACING TRANSITION

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