The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you” – Genesis 12:1 (NIV).
This passage narrates the call of Abram by God. God called Abram out of his city, away from home and away from his people. I can just imagine how difficult this might have been if this instruction was given to me. I say this because God really did not give much for Abram to work with apart from just to “go”. He did not know where he was going, why he was going and what awaited him where he was going. What touches my heart the most though is how Abram responded to the word of God, it says, “And Abram went, as the LORD had told him”. Even though he did not know what lay ahead of him, he chose to obey the word of God, regardless.
When God is calling us out of our comfort zones, it is easy for us to want to know what is going to be on the other side before we actually step out. We would often ask God to just tell us why He is sending us there, or where the provision was going to come from instead of just trusting Him. Walking with Jesus means that I do not need to have all of the answers straight away. I just need to remember who I am walking with.
‘Anyone who wants to follow me must put aside his own desires and conveniences and carry his cross with him every day and keep close to me’ (Luke 9:23, TLB). We are human and being out of our comfort zones is one of the most difficult things that might ever be expected from us. It is easy to perfectly serve when we are in comfortable situations but it is a different story all together once the ‘comfortability’ is removed. God is not calling us to serve when it is nice and most convenient but He is looking for a remnant that is willing to say, “Come what may, I am going to do this for my God”. God just needs us to be obedient and say ‘yes’ and He will surely see us through everything.