Genesis 12: 1Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
We have the history of creation and civilization in the book of Genesis. The story of the flood and the end of the old world is given to us. Because of sin, civilization was destroyed except for Noah and his family. Not many centuries later sin had grown rampant again. At the Tower of Babel, God confused the languages of the earth. It’s in our nature to sin. I’m thankful that salvation gives us the grace and strength to say no to the devil. If you’ve not accepted the Lord or are not where you should be, God is calling you to move. Abraham’s single call changed his life and in turn changed the course of history. The plan of salvation was at work through all these years. Now it was down to this one man named Abraham through whom the promise of salvation would provide a call from God for each of us to move out of our sin location to a new one.
Abraham didn’t know the way. God called him to move. All of heaven waits for you to move. Without moving out of your current location you won’t go to heaven. So, where are you located in your relationship with God? You’re being called to leave there and go to something better. Listen for the voice of God. He does speak to us. We all need to move closer. He has zeroed in on you and me where we are and is telling us to move. Don’t say you can’t. If Abraham could move, so can you. His location was Ur of the Chaldeans. He was not at home there. I’m thankful to come here and feel at home. If your heart is not right, you don’t feel quite at home. Ur was a place of sin and paganism. In the midst of it God came and called Abraham. You may feel too wicked and undeserving of God’s call. None of us deserve it. However, God does call us. We can’t save ourselves. We need help. That’s why Jesus came down from heaven. He’ the Savior that can bring you out of your current place and put you in his place. We all have to live in this world, but we don’t have to let it be part of us. God can do that.
Abraham had known no other place but Chaldea. Ur was not a promised land and in order to experience the Promised Land, Abraham had to get up and move from all he’d ever known. Maybe your life is all you’ve ever known, but God calls for you to move. He will make the change upon your action. Abraham was rich. He lived a comfortable lifestyle. To look at the outside perspective there may have no reason to move. He realized that despite how good he had it, he lacked something. There are lots of ways to look at life. Many are confusing. In the midst of it God is saying “get out of the place you’re in.” You want to find what’s missing? Listen to God and then move.
God had confidence in Abraham. In spite of his location, God saw potential that he could use. You may think it is not possible for God to do anything with you, but he can. We’re all in the same pot. The only way to get saved is for God to call and for us to make a move. In our move we seek forgiveness. Then the change comes. Abraham had never been where he was going. He didn’t need to know more than he did. He had only to trust God. It was enough that God knew where. That’s what we all have to do in order to be saved—trust the Lord.
God was straight with Abraham as he is us. He knows the shape we’re in. He knows what we lack. God came to Abraham, and he’s come to you. He’ll take you out of the spiritual place you’re in if you’ll move. Do you want heaven? Do you want release from the life you’re living? Obey the voice of God. You must repent and turn away from sin. God will forgive you if you ask.
Abraham gave up a lot of friends and family by leaving Ur. Look at what he got. His name would be great. God told him I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Through Abraham the entire world would be blessed when the Savior was born into the world.
I’m glad Abraham moved out. Because he did, we can. We can all move closer to the Lord. If you’ve never been saved, you can be. Don’t look at what you have to leave. Look at what you’ll gain. If you’ll believe God as Abraham did, it will release the hold your current spiritual condition has on you. You can move forward. Abraham never returned to Ur, and we don’t have to go back to the life we had.
Verse 5 says they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came. That’s a fit ending. If you’re willing to move from your present spiritual location into the land of promise, go. The Kingdom of God is on the other side of your prayer. The Lord will get you out and get you there if you’re willing to move.