The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
Genesis 12:1-4 NIV
One fateful day Abraham encountered God and was given these instructions: “Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.” On the surface, this sounds so simple and neat. There is no mention of fear, drama, or inner doubts.
It seems simple for us because we know that Abraham becomes progenitor of an entire nation. This makes it easy make the jump from where God is taking Abraham from to where God is taking Abraham to.
However, God asked Abraham to make an abrupt change that required discomfort and sacrifice. Abraham was hit with change so quickly that we would be stunned with shock if God asked the same of us. Maybe for the first time in our lives, due to this pandemic rocking the globe, we understand the cost of change.
Change is challenging, and it is all the more challenging when it is imposed on our lives without warning or approval.
Every one of us are managing change that we never thought would be ours to manage. We are all nervous and curious as to what this change will mean for us. We may not have thought that we had time for God to demolish some things or implode some things, but when the pandemic hit, it became necessary time for spiritual and emotional construction.
This change is uncomfortable, especially when we will never go back to life as we knew it, and the changes for life as we know it are still unfolding. The world in front of us is nothing like the world behind us.
We must nurture a healthy spiritual filter through which we strain all of our human decisions. When life forces change on our expectations, we must be able to sift out purpose beyond shock and pain. Then we can anchor in on divine purpose.
This is the only way that we can testify that the enemy meant this for our demise, but God meant this for our development.