“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'” NRSV
The three Abrahamic Faiths, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all trace their beginnings back to this passage in the First (or Old) Testament, God’s call to Abram. It’s power and beauty are contained within its simplicity.
“Go… where I will show you.” The first and most important element of faith – trusting God to always have our best interest at heart. And when God bids us “go,” we go.
Abram’s obedience to God, his just saying “yes” to God and meaning it yielded what? land (the primary source of security in Abram’s day), offspring (to help work and settle the land of promise and perpetuate the family name), and blessing. Blessing was (and always will be) the currency of goodwill among all people. God established that fundamental truth in his call to Abram. Why can we never get that?
And, in addition to land, children, and the currency of blessing exchanged with the people Abram encountered on his journey, Abram’s simple “yes” to God, also brought God’s blessing to all the earth. Abram’s “yes” to God brought God, the source of all blessing, to the people of earth. Abram’s obedience reunited the Creator with the created!
Faith is not rocket science. It does not require a Masters of Divinity or priestly garb or the right string of words or Welch’s red in the communion cup. Faith is saying “yes” to God and meaning it, when God says “go.” That opens for us the lock box to God’s currency of blessing to share with all the people we encounter. It truly is that simple. It’s the trusting in God to have our best interest at heart when God says “go” that kinda trips us up, that gives us pause. When we give God the “let me think about it” response, God slowly slips the key back into God’s pocket and patiently waits for us to come to our senses, tears welling in God’s not knowing whether or not we ever will come to our senses and receive the full blessing God wants to shower upon us. It’s a love thing.
Abram packed up the family station wagon, punched the GPS coordinates and went at God’s command. That’s faith, simply and beautifully displayed for all the world to see.
fyi – Hodgenville CC is my “yes” to God.
Spend a little of God’s currency. Be a blessing to someone today!