So there was this guy named Abram who was later named Abraham. He was a man called of God to continue the line that would lead to the coming of a wondrous Savior. Life wasn’t particularly easy for him. His wife was barren, he had a nephew he was constantly bailing out of trouble, and what was promised seemed to take forever. The sin of control conspired amongst he and his wife, which only made matters more difficult.
However, before the tangled mess of sin and ultimate deliverance of mercy unraveled from heaven to earth, there was a hope-filled word given from God Himself accompanied by an action. The kind that causes worship to rise up within me. It’s a promise we can take to heart and live by.
And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him; “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are- northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth ; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
First there was a word for Abram’s life, and then he was given an action to complete. God said, “I’ll give you descendants; this is your land, arise, go and walk it!”
How often do we feel deep down in our bones that God has whispered a promise for us? It’s something we’re supposed to do, a new purpose to fulfill while awaiting His arrival in this dark world.
And, how many times do we just wait and mope instead of acting on it?
Maybe we’re scared to fully trust Him with everything we have. Maybe we don’t want to help the stranger down the street or feed the poor. And maybe it’s not even that. Maybe He just wants us to commit to Him. wholeheartedly commit.
He wants every part of us, but perhaps we’ve held back. Maybe this time we feel Him pursuing us so hard that it seems He’s right at our heels as we’re running the opposite direction. He’s calling our names while waiting for us to turn around, drop to our knees, and tell Him that everything we have is His.
Do you need to stop running and walk the land?
As we await His arrival, let’s commit to “walk the land.” Let’s be brave and surrender. Maybe this time we can inhale hope and exhale the peace of a coming Savior to a mercy filled land He’s given with love.
Walk the land, friend, hope is coming!
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