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Out of the Ordinary

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 12-14
Read it online at the Bible Gateway: (NIV) (NASB) (KJV) (The Message)

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. – Exodus 19:5

Abraham was a most remarkable man. From Genesis 12 to the end of the Bible, he and his descendants are almost the only subject of the divinely inspired Word of God.

Here is a man whom both Christian and Jew claim as the father of their faith. He is even mentioned in the Koran, the holy book of the Muslim religion, in 188 verses. What was it that made Abraham so remarkable? He simply did what God said to do.

As Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” Abraham’s willingness to pack up his family and all his belongings to move to an unknown land is one of the first indications of his commitment to the Lord.

Maybe the Lord has spoken to you recently through His Word about mending a relationship with a friend or family member, or about meeting Him faithfully every morning in a quiet time of prayer. Perhaps He has spoken to you about sharing Christ with a neighbor or coworker.

Most of us don’t have spectacular calls from God. But we can obediently answer all those ordinary calls. And that kind of obedience makes an impact on life. God called; Abraham obeyed. Simple faith, simple obedience. An extraordinary result.


Lord, increase my faith to follow You wherever You lead. Amen.

To Ponder

Sometimes what God asks us to do goes against all human logic; that is when God is most honored by our obedience.

(The Navigators)