The Call Of Abram
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you
365 Day Reading Plan
Day 9 (9 January)
Genesis 12:1-9; 17:1-8
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation.
I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt.
All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” So he departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
He took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his wealth—his livestock and all the people he had taken into his household at Haran—and headed for the land of Canaan.
When they arrived in Canaan, he traveled through the land as far as Shechem. There he set up camp beside the oak of Moreh. At that time, the area was inhabited by Canaanites.
The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And he built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
After that, he traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord.
Then Abram continued traveling south by stages toward the Negev.
Abram Is Named Abraham
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.
I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations!
What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham, for you will be the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful.
Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them! “I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation.
This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you.
And I will give the entire land of Canaan, where you now live as a foreigner, to you and your descendants.
It will be their possession forever, and I will be their God.
Ask God to confirm in your heart his calling to you and to help you carry it out faithfully each day
Thank You, God, that You have called me to know You and have a close relationship with You
Have you ever felt “called” by God to do something or go somewhere?
When and how?
What ways do you think God may use to call people today?
If you’re not sure of your “calling” from God, ask a trusted friend or pastor for guidance. Review and evaluate the ways that you are pursuing that “calling”
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