Follow Me: Looking for a City

New Jer 2Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible

Genesis 12[1]

Sixty years ( an hour and a half as God perceives time) after God addressed Job’s complaints about unjust suffering, he appeared to Abram with a remarkable offer.[2] God promised to give Abram citizenship in the city he is building. To obtain the promise Abram must leave Ur of the Chaldees and separate himself from his family.[3]

Separating from everything that is familiar and comfortable is difficult. God sweetened the deal with a promise to make Abram’s name great, bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him. If Abram obeyed he would be blessed and bless every family on earth.

Abram’s response to God’s generous offer was lethargic. He left Ur but not in obedience to God’s instructions. Terah, Abram’s father, moved the family to Haran where Abram remained until his father died fifteen years later. The death of Abram’s human father left a void in his life. He filled that void with a heavenly father.

As God perceives time less than an hour had elapsed before Abram made a feeble attempt to obey him. “He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan…”[4] God told Abram to separate from his father’s house, so why did he bring Lot on this journey?

Abram departed Haran in partial obedience looking for a city built on the wisdom and justice of God. God’s plan to bless all families on earth has begun, but that plan is bigger than one imperfect man struggling to obey him. If Abram had known the difficult lessons that awaited him in Canaan, he might have stayed in Haran.

 

[1] All scripture quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.

[2] Acts 7:2

[3] Hebrews 11:10

[4] Genesis 12:5

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of the Westbank Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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