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I will make of you a great nation! I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing. Genesis 12:2 

God’s talking to Abram in this passage and everything sounds great, eh? Who wants a great name? Who wants to be a blessing? I don’t know many people who wouldn’t sign up for that!

But things are a little more complicated. If you read the preceding verse, God attached a few qualifications to those promises:

First, Abram has to leave his country. And his family. Every single relative.

Support system? Gone. Security? Evaporated. Abram has some major lifestyle changes ahead if he wants to cash in on these promises.

Plus, Abram’s 75 years old at this point.

This doesn’t sound like a lot of fun to me. At age 75, I want to be retired. Enjoying grandkids. Munching through my nest egg.

Plus, if you’re familiar with the Abram’s story (spoiler alert!), you’ll know the road ahead for Abram isn’t exactly smooth… (We’ll get to that later.)

Thing is, one thing I’ve learned these decades of reading my Bible is that when God moves in a big way, things generally get difficult for everyone involved. Some people die. Prophets engage in some fairly embarrassing (and sketchy) activities.

Much like a muscle, faith without challenges doesn’t strengthen anybody. And God appears to want followers with tremendous faith. 

And in Abram’s case, leaving your entire life behind based on a promise from an invisible deity takes more than a fair amount of faith…

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