the Lord Said to Abram, ‘Go…’ So Abram went…” (Thru the Bible, part 4)
The next man with a heart to obey was Abram in Genesis 12. God said GO, so he went. Even when he wasn’t sure where he was going. God said I will bless you, so he believed (Genesis 15:6). God spoke, he worshipped by building an altar (Genesis 12:7; 13:4,18; 22:9). He was a friend of God (James 2:23), walking with God to complete His purposes. God fulfilled His promise to and through Abram (later Abraham) and we are reaping the fruits of that promise (Genesis 12:3 – in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed)
Contrast Abram with the people in Genesis 11. God’s desire for them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 9:1). They disregarded God’s desire in order to seek greatness, fame, and meaning on their own. “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower…and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth” (Genesis 11:4). God’s desire, “fill the earth.” Their desire, “lest we”…fill the earth. God accomplished his will by other means as He confused their languages (Genesis 11:7-8).
Lesson#1: Obedience leads to blessing and being used by God. Disobedience leads to judgment.
Abram’s desire was God’s blessing and promise. The disobedient men of Genesis 11 desired a name for themselves.
Lesson #2: Obedience focuses on God and His desire. Disobedience puts the focus on me and my desire.
I like Isaiah 26:8 – “Yes, Lord, we wait for You in the path of Your judgments. Our desire is for Your name and renown.”