Blurb – 16th December 2018

In Genesis 12:1 we read that Abram was instructed by God to make some dramatic changes in his life: “Leave your country, your people and your Father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” In response we are simply told that “Abram left, as the Lord had told him …” What! No complaints, excuses, fears or anxieties are mentioned in the text despite Abram’s whole world being turned upside down by the call. Who of us when faced with negotiating change in life find it easy? We often resist change and will do anything we can to stay put with that which is familiar and in our control. I certainly find change difficult. However, change is a necessary part of the Christian experience that is required by God for growing us and for keeping our spiritual life alive and active. Have we ever thought about how water, if it is not flowing, stagnates? Or how trees, when pruned back, can shoot fourth new unexpected life? There can be some wonderful blessings that can come with change. So when the Holy Spirit prompts us, in light or Scripture, or that inner conviction, to make changes in obedience to God’s call on our lives that’s a good thing.

All that really mattered in the end, when Abram’s life was summed up, was that he obeyed God in faith when God asked him to. And in response God blessed Abram and crediting him with being both righteous and a friend of God (James 2:23).

Armand Newrick