The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspringI 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: 1-9
- Can you imagine having to uproot your entire life and your whole estate at the age of 75 to just……go!? Would you find that exciting or scary?
- Why do you think it was necessary for Abram to leave his hometown in order to receive the blessings the Lord promised him?
- During Lent, what are you leaving behind in order to receive the blessings the Lord has promised you?
- Abram’s promises had global implications! How can the promises you have from the Lord be used to reach others and change their lives?
“Lord, thank you for giving me this time to set aside distractions and focus on you. Help me to remember that you’re working in my life to not only bless me but to bless those around me and those you would have my life touch. Amen”