Over the years, I have loved traveling and discovering new places and new faces, then returning home to share my experiences. I have easily been persuaded that the best gift one can give themselves is to travel and discover the world. When I felt the convicting call from God to move to the Middle East for an undetermined time, however, I wondered what that new chapter of my life would be like. What was awaiting me there? How would I be received by the people? How long would I be remaining? Those were questions I did not have answers to, but the call was so compelling that my only option was to go.
Little is known of the day and the hour when God first approached Abram (later called Abraham), but the record we have of their first encounter is that when God spoke to Abram it left an indelible impression on him. God told him to leave Harran—the land of his ancestors—and go to the land He would show him. He promised to make him into a great nation and bless him in great ways.
Abram notified his wife Sarai, packed all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, said their goodbyes, and left for the land of Canaan. Abram was a childless 75-year-old man when he was called by God. His chances of being the patriarch of a nation appeared to be very slim, but even though he did not know where he was going, how God would make all that he promised happen, with great courage Abram stepped out in faith. Later, as we read in Scripture, God made Abraham the father of a great many nations and made his name great.
What is God calling you to leave behind? Are you hearing God calling you to leave the familiar for the unfamiliar? Are you afraid or anxious? It’s normal that those emotions are part of our human experience, but just remember that courage is not the absence of fear or anxiety but the choice and willingness to face those obstacles and still press through it by faith.
Is there a decision you had to make lately that required courage?