“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go out from your country, your relatives, and your father’s household to the land that I will show you. 2 Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing.'”
The chasm between the calling God has placed on our lives and the ultimate fulfilling of that vision can be rife with challenges and doubts. To our limited understanding, it would seem that the all-powerful God would call us, then fulfill what He had spoken without a lot of delay or consequences.
But in His omniscient wisdom,
the process is often more important
than the receiving of the promise itself.
God is surely capable to crush everything that stands in the way of accomplishing what He has called us to, but in this fallen world the enemy is busy trying to undo what God has already finished. We are stuck in this space called time that God is already outside of, fully knowing how everything will turn out. Mind blowing.
Often I question whether God has really given me a vision or if it is myself trying to achieve a calling on my own. I get confused and feel I cannot pray for success because I do not want it to be for my own glory. It is then that I realize that a vision that is of God and for God will be tested and that testing process will refine the character needed to accomplish the task placed on my heart.
I don’t have to be perfect to be used by God. I just have to yield to Him in the process and continue to press on in the work He has called me to. Back to Abram.
God told him to go – he went. It does not say that he labored over it. He just obeyed. He then promised incredible blessings, which, although Abram would be blessed, the goal was not just for Abram – it was for all people and ultimately “to exemplify divine blessing”. Abram’s response? To worship – even though He had not yet received the blessing.
When people look in our lives and see God’s blessings, it is not so we will be comfortable, but so people can see what being in a relationship with God is like. When we are in between a promise and a blessing and face trials of all kinds, our worship in the midst can inspire many to do the same.
Abram was not spared hardship – he faced famine right after He worshiped God for His promise. How we respond during the famine will often determine how long we stay there. When Abram doubted God’s ability to protect he and his wife, God was faithful and protected them, anyway. The world will see us fail, but the righteous man will rise again and again and continue to walk until God’s purposes are fulfilled in him.
When God places a vision in our hearts, we do not know how we will get there and many obstacles will stand in our way. Abram faced famine, quarelling, war, family problems – but through it all he worshiped the God of the promise. In the end, Abram became Abraham; his name and his life changed forever because of the faithfulness of God to keep His promise.
In His faithfulness, God will remind us of His calling and His promises. He did not promise us a pain-free life, but He did promise to carry us through the challenges we face and that all of it has meaning for those Who would trust in Him. In the process, on the other side of our calling – our nature is changed, too, for we can never be the same when we encounter the living God.
Lord, help us to trust You when the road seems long and burdensome. You are faithful and You will complete the work You have begun in us. Praise Your Name!