The Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. Genesis 12:7 NIV

movingElla pulled to the side of the road and sobbed. She had a degree in chemistry, a great job, company car, and expense account . . . but had to resign her prestigious position. It would be a drastic change for her husband and children. She had to answer God’s call, move to another state, and go to divinity school.

Twenty-five years before the promise was fulfilled, Abram left his home in Ur of the Chaldeas. All Abram had of family and possessions were submitted to obeying the call of God. Imagine a divinity school campus flooded with the sounds and smells of camels, sheep, and other animals. Abram was on his way to a roaming divinity school in the land of Canaan. In Shechem God appeared to Abram and told him He would give the land to his descendants. Abram was without an heir — no son. But there was more than a son in the promise. There was a nation of people numerous enough to occupy the land he’d travel through.

Abram didn’t start any confrontations while visiting Canaan. Instead, he waited. God had promised the land, but not now. It wasn’t time to give him the land. There were no descendants to possess it. Still, Abram built two altars, leaving behind silent testimonies he had been there. He claimed the promise of God, and those altars gave silent witness that a new generation was coming.

Like Abram, Ella was unsure of the future. All she knew was God had called and she answered. She claimed God’s promise to be with her and then trusted despite her fears. God would lead her through the strange land of being a pastor. Each pulpit would become an altar.

Listen for the call God has issued for you. Live as a witness and leave a witness. A good witness doesn’t have to be confrontational or start a war. The battle is often about believing the awesomeness of God’s promises. God’s promises are too big for you to consume alone. They are meant to include others of your generation and beyond. Believing makes the waiting easier. Believe. Wait. Trust. Some promises we are living in now, others we will journey into. Jump in.

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RobertFairclothRobert Faircloth served as a licensed local pastor for over six years. He works with his son in their family business of making cabinets and shutters. He and his wife Gail live in North Carolina. They have four children and four grandchildren. Robert enjoys reading, writing, and planting a vegetable garden. He is working on drafts for three different books: a devotion book, one about his pastoral experiences, and a novel which connects Abraham with the Magi.

 

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