Scripture: Genesis 12: 12 & 13
Observation: Abram trusted God to leave everything and go where God told him to.
We read in verse 1 & 4...
God said "go" and Abram "went".
Even with Abram's trust that God would lead him, Abram had doubts to God's protection along the journey. Abram asks Sarai to lie to protect (what he feels to be in danger) his life.
Application: How often do we too trust God with big things but not fully believing He has everything in control? I know in my own life, I can know in my heart that God has a plan and a purpose for my life but the day to day busy-ness can prompt me to forget that. I can become anxious and worried about what the future holds. I can be tempted (just as Abram was) to try and help God by adding in my own ideas instead of relying on God fully.
I also think that sometimes that I can be distracted by the same surface attractiveness like Lot was.
I don't always see what lies beneath just like Lot failed to see the evilness of the people who lived in the lush attractive land. Lot didn't, and couldn't, see that one day that Sodom and Gomorrah would be destroyed. Sometimes the attractive things in my life cloud my judgement and prevent me from seeing just how destructive they can be. Worry. Anxiety. Fear. Usually these feelings are rooted in something superficial and they take away my reliance on God who can take care of every worry, relieve all my anxiety and calm every fear.
I need to grab hold of God's promises just as Abram did. God always keeps his promises. I don't need to lie or make things go my own way because God already has it all under control. If God tells me to "go" then I want to be ready to go wherever He leads.
Prayer: Dear Lord. I fall short of fully trusting and believing in Your plan. Help me to remember that You are in control and that fear and worry don't have to consume me. Remind me often that surface appearances are not always what they seem. Thank you for staying the same yesterday, today, and always and taking care of our every need. Amen.