Genesis 12:1-4; 22:1-14 “Absurd Opportunities: Abraham”

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”?  Sometimes, on long trips, we need to remind ourselves of this after seemingly endless hours in the car.  More often than not, we just want to be there!  We live in a culture of instant everything, long waits are not something we are accustomed to or we desire.

God’s call to Abraham was the very beginning of a long journey, for both Him and the world.  While the destination was known, getting there was a lifelong voyage and commitment.  We too are on a journey of faith.  Sometimes the destination is readily clear to us, other times we feel like we are traveling in a fog.  Yet all the time God is at work, drawing us ever deeper in our relationship with Him and our life in Christ.

Questions to take home:

  1. Have you experienced God’s call on your life?  Maybe it is general, like the call to faith and response of living in gratitude of our salvation; maybe it is specific, like a call to a specific ministry or person.  Where are you at in that call?
  2. There is a sort of joking prayer, “God give me patience and give it to me now!”  We laugh at this but have to admit a bit of truth in it too.  Do you find yourself wanting things immediately?  Is that true in your faith journey as well?  How do we combat this?  Does the narrative of Abraham speak to this?
  3. Sometimes we don’t know the ultimate destination of our calling; sometimes we see it very far off.  In either case, we know the journey will probably be longer than we would like.  What can we do to better experience and appreciate the journey?  What is God trying to teach you along the way?