Read Genesis 12:1-5
Abraham’s story is one of my favorites, maybe because of the trust exchange between Abraham and God.
I’m so glad I’ve been re-reading Abraham’s story recently.
Knowing and believing the Kingdom perspective and knowing that Jesus changes everything helps my journey to sustain my trust in the Lord. Jake and I believe in a loving God who only has the best in mind for us, our family and our children. He is a God who loves us more than we will ever know.
However, it is not always easy to trust.
If you read Abraham’s story and think “he must be a super spiritual guy to be able to trust the Lord with all He asked Abraham to do”, the answer is no. Abraham was a normal guy just like you and me. He knew the Lord, He knew the power that God processed and He trusted Him because of his personal relationship with God.
I think the difference between those who trust the Lord and those who do not is the question, “How well do you know God?”.
Knowledge doesn’t equal intimacy and lack of intimacy equals lack of trust.
I compare this to our closest relationship. For me, this is Jake. I don’t trust him just because of what I know about him, I trust him because I know him. I know him better than most. I see things most do not and vice versa. There is a trust exchange much like between Abraham and the Lord.
When you look at your life, can you say that you fully and intimately know the Lord? In that intimacy with Jesus comes the trust exchange.
Do you have that?
Charles Swindoll’s book “So You Want to Be Like Christ” dives into the notion that knowledge does not equal intimacy. He says in chapter three, while focusing on slowing our pace through silence and solitude, that “If you refuse to be still, if you do not seek times for silence and solitude, you may gain some knowledge about God without knowing Him at all”.
Abraham knew the Lord intimately and, therefore, the depth of trust was built. Asking Abraham to leave his home may have been scary and filled with uncertainty, but it was nothing compared to knowing and trusting his Lord and following after Him.
Where are you? Are you filled with a depth of intimacy that allows for a trust exchange to grow or are you focused on knowledge and pride of pedigree?
As you read through Abraham’s story, put yourself in his shoes and see what your choice would be.