The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV)
You have my full attention. I will listen attentively to your voice. I don’t want to fail to hear whatever you want to say to me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will go wherever you guide me. I am willing to leave the unfamiliar to do what is uncomfortable. Why is that? I want to keep on moving forward with you. I don’t want to find myself stuck in a rut. I don’t want to live a life filled with regrets. I don’t want to sadly look back at what could have been. Most importantly, I want to be able to know and do your will. Most certainly, I want to be able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. One day I want to hear you say that I have been a good and faithful servant. That is very good. What will happen to you as you go and do my will? I will come to know you more intimately. Why is that? There is a way that I can only come to know you as I go and do what you ask of me. Why is that? I know that you will ask me to do what I cannot accomplish with my own gifts and talents and abilities or with my own power and strength. You will cause me to come to rely on you more fully. You will cause me to ask for your help. You will cause me to live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I will. You will lead me to the unfamiliar to do the uncomfortable. Yes, I will. You seem to like stretching me beyond my limits so that you can grow my faith and trust in you. I’m glad that you have noticed that I want you to come to rely fully on me. It would be hard, maybe even impossible not to notice. What else will happen to you as you go and do my will? You will bless my life. How so? You will bless my life so that I will be able to bless the lives of many others. You will work in and through me so that others can come to know and love and follow and serve you. Yes, I will bless your life so that you will be able to bless the lives of many others.
Lord, I will attentively listen to your voice. I am willing to leave the uncomfortable and unfamiliar. I will go and do what you ask of me even when it is difficult. Thank you for blessing my life and the lives of others as I follow and serve you. I am at your service. Amen
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