Well, this is where everything changes. Abram takes his first steps into a broader world. This promise that God makes with Abram is an amazing promise. It requires that Abram simply go. Go, leave your family, and your country, and your relatives. Just go where God tells him. Then because of that simple obedience God will bless him. It is a huge blessing for not such as huge cost. It all seems so unreal.
I’ve read this through many times before, but i’ve never really noticed the cost to benefit ratio before. It’s simply, “Go. Step out into the unknown. I will tell you where to go, and I will bless you, and I will make you a great nation. Just go.” Now, to some extent, it’s just not that easy. By going, Abram was making a huge faux pas. In that time and day, family was everything. You didn’t leave the nest, you made it bigger. That’s how cities, nations, and civilizations were born. There was security in being part of the group. There was value in the group. Leaving the larger family as a whole would have been considered foolhardy and dangerous in the least. Yet, that’s what God asked of Abram. More than that, that’s what God expected of him. “Go, and I will bless you.”
We all know how this ends… or rather how this continues. We all know that this is the first step and the the rest of the Bible is the fulfillment of that promise, but Abram didn’t. How much more does God ask of us? His Word (the Bible) is filled with the promises that He makes to us. The benefit to cost ratio is astronomical! He simply calls for us to give up our old and crummy life. To remove the torn and ruined clothes of sin and our selfish desires, and to take on His new, festive clothing of His righteousness. It’s really a very simple thing. It’s not so simple to live out, but we aren’t doing it by ourselves. The benefits we receive when we take the “risk” are astronomical in comparison to the cost.
And the nice things is, all we have to do is “Jump!”