I used to be one of those people who didn’t have a favourite Bible story. Simply out of principle. If someone asked me which was my favourite, I would give a vague reply. “There’s too many to choose,” I’d say, or “They’re all so good.”
And… that’s true. There are a lot, and they are all good–otherwise they wouldn’t be in the Book of Books. But about a year ago, one story started standing out to me. The more I thought about it, the more I could see myself in it.
It is the story of a man who lost home and found home. A man who trusted, even when he didn’t know where that trust would lead him. A man took one step at a time, believing that the One who called him would be faithful.
That man is Abraham, but in this particular story, he is still called Abram.
The Call of Abram
If you grew up in a Christian home, you have probably heard and read this passage countless times. The special thing about God’s word is that we can read it again and again and again, and it never ceases to speak to us.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. (Genesis 12:1-4, KJV)
Have you imagined what it would be like to be in Abraham’s shoes at the time of his call? Have you imagined what feelings would tumble through you if God asked you to do what he asked Abraham to do?
Pack your bags.
Leave your home.
Go somewhere I will show you.
Abraham Listened, Acted and Trusted
I don’t know what thoughts shot through Abraham’s mind when God told him that. The Bible doesn’t tell us. But the Bible does tell us what he did.
Despite originally worshipping other gods (Joshua 24:2), Abraham listened to what God, the Great I Am, said and he did it. He acted upon this Creator and Master’s words, despite any doubt that might have crept in.
What fascinates me most about the story, is that Abraham did all that without even knowing where he would be going. He only knew the very next thing he had to do: leave his country, his extended family, his heritage.
That alone is hard enough, but do it all without even knowing where you are going? Sound scary?
So why did he do it?
Abraham did what God told him to do without knowing more than the next step because he trusted that God’s word is good. He had faith in the One who called him, and he knew that one step at a time was enough.
My Prayer: Show Me the Next Step
Don’t we all love knowing the whole plan? I do at least!
“Lord, just tell me what You want me to do in my life.” Have you ever prayed something like that? I know I have! But God doesn’t work like that. God is different to us.
If He told us everything, we wouldn’t have to trust. We wouldn’t have to depend on Him. As much as we might want it, it wouldn’t make sense for God to spread our life before us. What God does, is show us one step at a time.
He leads us step by step. He shows us only the immediate next. Lately, I have made that my prayer. Instead of saying, “Show me everything,” I pray, “Show me the next step.”
Because I, like Abraham, want to live a life of faith, of trust and of obedience. Always following my Lord when He shows me the next step.
Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a teen, who lives in Europe and is fluent in both English and German. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on the organization of a camp for children – always with a mug of herbal tea at hand. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him. Connect with her through her email list here (https://sarahsusannarhomberg.mailchimpsites.com/).