Today's Manna

January 8, 2017
Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone
by Rabon Metcalf
Scripture Reading: Genesis 12-13

In Genesis 12 God calls Abram out of the familiar and out of the routine. He called him from the comforts of his father’s house, to leave loved ones and dear friends, to go to a place Abram had never been. Yes, the Lord did promise Abram that He would make him a great nation, that Abram would be blessed, and that through him all nations would be blessed. His inheritance would be the land of Canaan and his family would be as numerous as dust particles upon the earth. However, none of those promises would have been fulfilled without Abram’s response in verse 4, “So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken to him.”

What a great lesson of faith we see from Abraham. His grip was not so tight on the current events, places, and things that he could not move forward as the Lord led. In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul said: “13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Abraham lived this truth.

In His promises to Abraham, does God tell Abraham that it would all be smooth sailing or that his faith would never be tested again? He didn’t promise that Abraham wouldn’t falter or that there would be no more loss after his initial “letting go.” As chapter 13 closes, God reminds Abram that the One who called him is always good and always faithful. Abram’s response is a great example for us - he worshipped the Lord!

It has been said that most people will never move forward because they are too focused on what they are leaving behind. There is a degree of comfort that can be found in our routines and the familiar things of life; however, that should not be the gold standard of the Christian’s life. We also have promises of great things if we follow God (Romans 8:28-32). Don’t miss out on being used by the Lord because you are holding too tight to the past or the present.

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