“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.” (Genesis 12:1-4)
When God first spoke to Abram, he was a resident of a heathen country of Ur, a city of people who worshipped the moon god. This place is located not far from modern-day Baghdad.
Why would God choose to reveal Himself to such a man? Because God was looking for man who would teach his children. God was looking for a man who would passing along his faith to his family would perpetuate the lineage of the blessing. And Abram was the only man He found.
Once Abraham received the blessing, things in his life began to change. In obedience to God’s instructions, he left his father house and his moon worshipping relatives. God wanted to get him away from their ungodly way of thinking so Abraham could start thinking in line with the blessing.
We as believers should do the same thing. If we want to learn how to walk in the blessing of God, we have to separate ourselves from our unbelieving relatives and friends.
We love them and pray for them from a distance until we have renewed our own minds with God’s word to the point where we can influence them, instead of letting them influence us.
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (1Corinthians 15:33)
That is what Abraham did, he packed up and followed God into an absolute wilderness. He moved to a place where he had no family, no established business connections, nothing to depend but the blessing.
From a natural perspective, Abraham was a prime candidate to go broke. He was headed to a country that was in famine. No salary was waiting for him there, where he was going no one cared whether he lived or die, no one was looking to give him a helping hand. But none of that mattered because Abraham had the blessing, and the Bible tells us in no uncertain terms that the blessing worked for Abraham. And because it did, it will work for me too.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I believe your word, I get out of my country, my kindred and from my father’s house to where you are leading me in Jesus name.
Oh Lord, fortify me today by your Spirit to obey your word in all things and to mix it with absolute faith for the blessing to come upon me and my household in Jesus name.