Monday, November 14, 2016

New sympathy for Abram

In Genesis chapter 11, we read that Abram's father, Terah, took his family from Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan.  They come to Haran and dwell there.

To refresh your geography, Ur is over by Bahrain on the Persian Gulf.  Haran is up by Syria, north of Canaan- and still a ways away.  Apprently, Terah got tired or distracted and never made it quite all the way to Canaan.  So, at age 75, G^d taps Abram on the shoulder and tells him to leave Haran and move to Canaan.  So, Abram did!

I used to read over those few verses, (Gen 12:1-5) WITHOUT much thought. 

No more!

You see, at age 66, G^d called me to leave Tuscaloosa, and move to Lynchburg.

Boy it has been tough!!

We passed 32 very, very Happy years in Alabama.  We knew the place, knew how to get around, knew where to shop, where to eat, where to get things, where to get things fixed.  We had a home, a place to hunt, and a church family.

Now, we know nothing, and know few people.

We are slowly adapting, but I am HAPPY I didn't realize how hard it would be to leave family, friends and homes to come to VA.

But, one thing for sure... I have a WHOLE new appreciation for what Abram did.  And, despite Abram's stumbles at times, he was obedient, and G^d prospered him and blessed him.

In Hebrews 11, we read this summary: "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God."

 L^rd, give us all the faith of Abram!!

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