Day 5: Leaving Home – Genesis 12:1-7

person holding compass

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(Hadasah picked out the graphic for today’s post. I asked her to help me pick a picture about travel, and she suggested a compass… because when we travel, we need to use a compass to point us in the right direction. Well, that was perfect for this post.)

I love home.

Now, don’t me wrong, I love to travel too, but the day-in, day-out, every weekend- constantly going kind of busyness… I don’t like.

I love to plan and execute big trips, but then I am ready for home.

Today’s story about God calling Abram and Sarai to leave their familiar and move to unknown, well, it makes me nervous.

But I think this is also a reflection of my current season of life. Home is comfortable, and my home reflects my tastes and my preferences. There are very few unknowns with regard to my home, except possibly the “What am I going to cook for supper?” or the “Should we change the wall color of the guest bathroom?” questions.

But in this passage of Scripture, we see a radical obedience that pleases God. We see a move from known comfort to promised blessings. We see God, through His great love and Abram’s obedience, blessing all people of the earth.

Greater still, in this story we see glimmers of Jesus himself.

We see the Son of God who also left the comfort and splendor of home with His Father. He put on flesh and traveled to a far away land with fickle, disagreeable humanity.

And through Him all people are blessed. The grace of God went out to all.

We have received grace upon grace through the willingness of Jesus to leave the comfort of Heaven and enter our world.


You were born into humanity and entered our space… a place unfit for One who was accustomed to the perfection and grandeur of Heaven.

But You knew… You were and are our only hope, our only way.

Without You, there would be no grace.

Help us to step away, to step out of our comfortable places so that others see you brilliantly shining through us.

Spread your grace through us today…


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