The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.” Genesis 12:1-2 NLT
Doing God’s will is costly. Take Abram’s case, for example. God painted a great picture of his future:
- He will make Abram into a great nation.
- He will be abundantly blessed.
- He will become famous.
- He will become a blessing to others.
No one before him had received such promises. In all of human history, no one person was ever given such great prospects. Yet, to receive God’s promises, Abram needed to leave his family, his relatives, and his country! Obeying God cost Abram a lot. It required him to take a step of faith. To do this, he had to set the cost aside and focus on the goodness of God.
Doing God’s will sometimes goes against human reasoning. For sure, Abram had questions about God’s command and promise. First, without getting specific directions where to go, he was commanded to leave everything familiar to him. The command appeared unreasonable. Second, God promised to make Abram into a great nation. How can that be when he had no children? The promise appeared illogical. Obeying God required Abram to take a step of faith in the trustworthiness of God, no matter how unreasonable the circumstances may look like.
Obedience to God can be costly but disobedience is costlier. Abram would have lost the opportunity to be blessed by God and to be a blessing to others.
Trustworthy Father, increase my faith in you. Your purposes are good and perfect. Help me to realize that obeying your commands in faith pleases you.