Along the way


Now the Lord had said to Abram:“Get out of your country, From your family
And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.
Genesis 12:1 (NKJV)


Abraham's journey is the story of the believer, the one who is called to follow His God without asking questions. The patriarch is not the perfect man, but he who learns in the journey, called every day to deal with the precariousness and mobility of his tent. And that is why his faith is migration, like the moving tent of the tabernacle that will be with Israel in the desert. His journey is a journey without return, a bumpy road, without holds and security. The departure is from Ur, the first destination Carran (southeast of Turkey), and from there to Canaan along with Sarah, his wife, and Lot, his nephew. Abraham's call rises from the human attempt of the tower of Babel to build a name. Before even giving him that name which embodies his hidden desire, God makes him four specific promises: to make him become a great nation; bless him; make his name great and make himself a blessing for those who had recognized him blessed by God. Everything starts from an imperative, "get out", which should be better rendered with "come back to you, become what you are". The journey to which he is called is also discovery, discovery of himself. His only compass will be the Word received. Abraham must open himself to trust and to the future of adventure: "Where I will show you".

It affects how the Aramaean does not ask questions and does not hesitate in the least in front of that vocation. It is not yet the man who blindly trusts his God, and forced to go down to Egypt will use human escamotages, risking losing his wife. Called to fight to save Lot he will not back down. In chapter 15 we find him alone, in his tent, wrapped and covered by his fears and his anxieties, when we read one of the songs, in my opinion, more beautiful not only of the Genesis and the Old Testament, but of the entire bible. A nocturnal vision in which the divine invitation "Do not be afraid" echoes at the beginning, because God will be his shield and reward. But Abraham is in crisis, he answers dejected and almost annoyed, because he has not yet touched the realization of the promise. Abraham's journey is about to know one of the fundamental stages. After his grievances, God does not leave him, but after announcing his plans, he leads him out. I can not but imagine the heavenly Father who takes Elder Abraham by the hand and brings him out of the tent, a place of closure, but also a hotel of thoughts and fears. The patriarch must come out of his tent, to look at the sky, the tent of God (Psalm 104:2), full of stars, those stars that only God can count and call by name (Psalm 147:4).

There are circumstances in which God invites us to leave our human horizon, an impassable limit and obstacle to traveling by faith. Looking at the sky is looking at the story with the eyes of God. The stars that illuminate the night say that there is no darkness that can not be loosened and removed. Abandoning the tent, looking towards the sky and God at his side, Abraham trusts and believes. For the first time the bible offers us the verb "to believe": which means "to be founded", "to cling" like a child on the mother's breast, and sometimes even "to feed". Abraham becomes the first believer, the one who will be the father of all believers (Romans 4:11). That night becomes the dawn of a new journey, where Abraham will still have to learn, because along the journey he will see the fulfillment of divine fidelity. Wherever your wanderings are today, do not let yourself be locked up in the tent. Come out and look to the sky.

Devotional 45/2018
Weekly Bible reading plan

November 05   Jeremiah 34-36; Hebrews 2
November 06   Jeremiah 37-39; Hebrews 3
November 07   Jeremiah 40-42; Hebrews 4
November 08   Jeremiah 43-45; Hebrews 5
November 09   Jeremiah 46-47; Hebrews 6
November 10   Jeremiah 48-49; Hebrews 7
November 11   Jeremiah 50; Hebrews 8

On 10 November 1483, Luther was born in Eisleben, Germany. When he listened to the Word, a fire inflamed his life and made it the spark that inflamed the Reformation.


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