Genesis 12.1–9: Abraham's call and ours (Day 11)

Bible Society's Daily Reflections follow the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, designed for those who want to read the whole Bible in one year. Each reflection focuses on one of its four daily chapters. Darllenwch rhain yn Gymraeg.

Pray

Pray

Lord, prepare me to receive your word. Clear my mind and warm my heart. Assure me of your loving purposes for me, and speak into my life today.

Reflect

Daily reflection: Genesis 12

The call of Abraham marks the beginning of the story of the people of Israel. He leaves his home city of Ur in Babylonia and travels to somewhere new. God tells him that this is the land he will give to his descendants, and so a new chapter in God's revelation of himself begins. Abraham himself will make many errors, but he will remain faithful to his calling and God will keep his promises.

This calling to move to a new place is one that has spoken powerfully to Christians over the centuries. We can be happy and settled where we are – geographically or spiritually – but sense that God is calling us to be somewhere else. In Abraham's case, this call took place when he was already an old man. He and his family were uprooted from everything that was familiar and sent out on a new adventure.

Homes where we can feel secure, where we know the landscape and relationships are deep and strong, are great gifts from God. In Abraham's case, those relationships endured: his entire household came with him. Moving from what we know to what we don't know is never straightforward, but when we can take others with us the road is easier.

Sometimes God calls us to go on a journey, whether in the mind and spirit or in the body. Abraham's call is sometimes ours.

Pray

Pray

God, help me to be willing to hear your voice when you call me into new pathways. Thank you for companions on the way.

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