It’s hard to make decisions about next steps when I don’t know how it’s all going to work out. There are times when it feels like the unknown is just waiting out there – ready to blow up in my face.
So reading about Abram’s (soon to be Abraham) decision-making in Genesis intrigues me. First, God tells Abram to leave his homeland to go to “the land I will show you.”
Wow! Not even a forwarding address on that one! Just go. I’ll tell you when to stop.
And the Bible tells us, “So Abram went.”
Abram was role-modeling for me a level of trusting in God that challenges me and make me want to grow my faith.
Then Abram takes a couple of steps back when he deceives the Egyptians by telling them his wife was his sister, creating a significant issue when Pharoah plans to make her his wife. Abram didn’t trust God to keep him safe in this situation. The good news is that God intervened and stopped the mess.
Thank you, Father, for stopping some of the messes I was creating before they blew up.
The next time we read about Abram, he is travelling to Canaan with his nephew, Lot. Their herdsmen are quarreling because together they had too many herds and flocks for the amount of water and food that was available.
They decided to split up and Abram lets Lot pick the best land while he claimed the less fertile hill country. In this situation, Abram is clearly deciding that his relationship with his nephew was more important than ‘stuff’ like the best piece of land. Abram knew God well enough to know that God made people a priority over ‘things’ so he knew God would bless his decision.
And God did.
This is such a great lesson for me! When I don’t know how something is going to work out, I need to use God’s values and follow his heart to determine my next step. Then I know God will bless my decision.
Please help me love the things that you love, Abba Father.