You may have an idea how Abram felt. You had to pack up your stuff, load the family, and leave home for good. For Abram, it was Haran that he left behind. For you, it’s been Texas, California, Kentucky, or other places that have been left behind. Places that, like Abram, you called “home.”
My question for you is, “Does God asks us to leave home today?” No, I'm not referring to a job transfer, although it could be that. And no, I don’t mean moving back to where you and your husband grew up. I'm talking about when God asks you to leave the familiar and journey to the unknown. I believe God does ask us to leave home today. Leaving the known for the unknown at God's command means different things to all of us. It may mean an actual move, a career change, teaching a new class, talking to a person, or anything that moves us to the uncomfortable and unfamiliar.
What happens when we get up and go? Look at what God promised Abram in verses 2-3. Did God keep those promises? To the letter. And he'll do the same for you. His promises to you are found throughout 66 different pieces of writing – the Bible. He offers you hope, courage, strength, endurance, rest and that’s before you even get past Genesis chapter 12! Above all, if you will get up and set out, God will get you there (vs 5).
We must all listen for God and see where he wants us to go. It may be next door, it may be across town, or it may be a trip to look inside yourself. You may hear God in your quiet time, at communion time, or he may ask you through someone else. But once you hear him say, “Leave and go to the land I’ll show you,” will you go?