This morning during my personal devotions I was reading Genesis 12. Genesis 12 is the calling of Abram and God promising to do great things through Abram’s life and descendants. God makes a covenant with Abram.
“At that time the Canaanites were in the land. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord. Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.” [Genesis 12:6-8]
At that time the Canaanites were in the land.
God had just promised Abram a whole bunch of land. Which was currently occupied and ruled by a people who would obviously not take too nicely to Abram’s just coming in and taking over their land. But God PROMISED. When God promises, He will make it happen, no matter what the odds may be. Our God is a BIG God and nothing is too hard or too difficult for Him to handle.
Abram took the word of the Lord seriously.
He believed it. He didn’t question God or ask how on earth something like that could happen. “Umm God, did you forget about all these people living in the land that want to kill me?” He just took God’s Word for what it is: TRUTH.
And because he believed it, he ACTED on it.
Did he just sit there and say “oh well God promised me a bunch of land but now what?” Not a chance! Abram got up and acted on it! He moved forward in life with the knowledge of what God had revealed to him. He knew his calling, and he knew it was time to act on it. It says that Abram “went on toward the hills east of Betel and pitched his tent.” He went forward trusting God to come through.
Your calling is there for a reason.
God gave you your own personal calling. Worship leader, pastor, doctor, missionary, cook, whatever! He put that passion in your heart FOR A REASON. But it’s up to you to start living it. Maybe right now you’re feeling frustrated. Things are taking a long time to unfold and you’re just feeling frustrated and want to give up. Well you know what? King David had to wait 30 years after his calling before his calling was finally fulfilled and he became king of Israel. THIRTY YEARS!! But God still came through. Start living life in acceptance of your calling. Work hard. Claim your calling. Move forward in faith.
Never stop worshipping.
Between verses 7 and 8, we see Abram build two separate altars to the Lord. Never stop worshipping and praising the Lord for all that He is doing and is going to do in your life! The moment that you surrender your control is the moment that He can start doing crazy things in and through your life.
And never give up.
“Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.” Abram continued. Are we doing that in our own personal lives? Are we continuing through life, or are we giving up? Do we get so frustrated that we simply give up on what God has called us to? God didn’t say that the road ahead would be easy. But He did say that it would be well worth it. Press on down the path which God has called you.
When God promises, it will happen. End of story. Take God seriously. Act on the knowledge that God has given you and start living your life in view of that knowledge. Start working towards living your calling, worshipping God every step of the way. And never give up. Just do it.