Genesis 12:1–9 (ESV)
The Call of Abram
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 And 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 him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
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 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they
had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came 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. 8 From
there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed
on, still going toward the Negeb.
Roughly 20 years ago, life was going along great. I had a career
that I loved, a house that I loved, a church home that I loved, and friends that I loved. Then, the Lord started tugging on my heart to go into the ministry. Why me? What did I do? I couldn’t escape the Lord’s calling.
A couple of years later… we left all that behind and moved to the unknown. Both Lori and I had never lived outside of the great state of Texas. We moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana on May 30th, 2000. It was like a foreign land
to us. They spoke the same language as us, but the customs were different, the food… well, was very bland to our standards, and the Southern charm of the people was not there. We learned to love the place, but it was still a temporary
stop. We still didn’t know where we were going. Then I received the “call” to Shreveport, Louisiana. Now we knew where we were going. So we packed up our house, grabbed the kids, a dog, and a canary… and moved
to Shreveport. It was still the great unknown, but we were only 19 miles from Texas. I understand what Abraham went through when he received his “call” from the Lord. “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s
house to the land that I will show you. 2 And 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 him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” My call was nowhere near as significant as Abraham’s.
Lutheran Study Bible writes: “God calls an idolater to faith, giving him a promise that God Himself would fulfill for all people. God’s Spirit works faith, when and where He pleases, through the Word. He is faithful to do as He has said. He made
Abram into a great nation, blessing all the world through the Son. As Abram’s offspring by faith, we have the blessing of God’s forgiveness and life without end.”
I pray: Heavenly Father, call us to trust the Word of God in the water of Holy Baptism, to cling to everything You command, and to live by the blessing of Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.