Genesis 12:1: 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.”
We are all on a journey to Home, our eternal Home. Our journey Home begins with God’s covenant promises to Abraham. God chose Abram (later he was named Abraham) and called him to himself, away from his homeland of Ur, to reserve a people for himself and to maintain his true worship until the coming of Christ. In this calling God called Abram to be the head of a new nation of people. A nation to whom God would bring blessing, obedience, protection and the fulfillment of his covenant promises through Jesus Christ.
As Abram began his journey, he believed God would fulfill his promised blessings. He believed that even in all of his failings, God’s blessings would supply all his needs. Abram knew too that disobedience would bring misery. Yet, he continued, being justified by faith in Christ (Romans 4:3) and having peace with God. Abram knew that his journey with God was a journey setting out for heaven and Abram was persevering to the end.
Our journey home is like Abraham’s journey. We too are called by God to live out his covenant promises through obedience to him. I Peter 2:9-10 reads:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Abraham’s journey Home was filled with obstacles, temptations and failures. So is ours. Abraham’s journey home was filled with God’s faithfulness to him. So is ours! What a blessed covenant we are heirs to.
I challenge you to read the story of Abraham in Genesis 12-25 and compare it to your own life journey toward Home. Write down how you have continually seen God’s covenant promises carried out to future generations. And pray for the Holy Spirit to continually work in the hearts and lives of believers that we will maintain the true worship of God until Christ returns. Glory be to God!
Blessings on your journey Home! Chaplain Val