“And I will make you a great nation. And I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2
God basically says, “Yo, Abram, my child, you have GOT to move, man! This place is pure evil and very sinful.” But He also says, “Don’t sweat it though! I’ll show you where you’ll live, and I will make you a great nation. I will provide for you and give you all this land for your future generations!” And then He says, with His hand next to his face like He’s telling a secret, “And somewhere down the line you’ll give way to Jesus.”
So Abram found his wife Sara and his nephew Lot and said, “Pack up, we’re leaving.” And off they travelled into Canaan. When they got to Shechem, God said, “Stop here! This is the place!” Abram looked at all the land and thought, “God must love me if He is giving me all of this.” Abram felt so filled with love that he built an altar for God right on that land, so that he could praise God even more thoroughly.
We should be like Abram, but that’s a hard thing to do. See, I would never blindly follow anyone from this earth. I would be afraid that they wouldn’t provide for me or take care of me. The difference is that God is not of this world. He is so much more. And if you follow Him blindly, you will not be disappointed. He will give you all you need. We must learn to hear what God tells us and then do it. He will take care of us like He did Abram.
Hannah Lindenberg is a student at St. Stephens Episcopal School. Strangely enough, this is her first year here, yet her last year as well. She is a senior in high school, and I will graduate soon. She also goes to church here, and participates in the youth group. She may be a fresh face, but she feels right at home at St. Stephens