Day One: The first step and the last

Genesis 12:1, 4 (NIV)The LORD said to Abram, “Go… to the land I will show you.” … So Abram went, as the LORD had told him.
Genesis 22:2-3 (NIV)Then God said… “go… on a mountain I will show you.” … Early the next morning, Abraham got up… he set out for the place God had told him about.

“This close lexical link between 12:1 and 22:2 draws attention to a more general literary association between these passages that is deliberate. As the call of Abram in Gen 12 begins his journey of faith, so this passage [in Gen 22] concludes it, being the last divine speech to the great patriarch… In both, the patriarch receives a command: there to leave his father’s house and forsake his past, here to forsake his future. In both, Abraham responds in radical obedience (12:4 and 22:3).” [Bill Arnold, Genesis – New Cambridge Bible Commentary, 204]

Today, ask God to help you see what he desires of you. Pray for strength to take that next step God has in mind as you worship to “Sovereign” by Chris Tomlin (Click here).

Let’s pray: God, everything in life is held together by you, so I trust you with everything. Frame my life in this radical obedience to what you say and show. Help me to trust you more and more throughout this week and new year. In Jesus’ name, amen.