Can you imagine what would happen if Abraham’s family had a reunion? Terah would have hosted a lavish banquet for his thriving family. All the relatives would sit around the kitchen table and catch up on the latest news. I’m sure it wouldn’t be long before someone asked Abraham about his new calling in life.
“Cousin Abraham, I hear you’ve been living the life of a tent dweller. How does it feel having grass for a pillow and stars for a roof?”
“And that God of yours—I heard He ‘told’ you to leave us because He expects you to follow Him to some place He hasn’t even shown you. Our gods have better sense than that. By the way, what does He look like? Isn’t He invisible?”
The questions would degenerate into sarcasm, which would become open ridicule. No one would be able to understand why Abraham had taken such drastic measures at this point in his life. This is why no such reunion took place.
God told Abraham to leave his family so nothing would hinder him from obedience. They remembered who he was before God called him, and probably couldn’t believe the transformation God made in his life. In a display of great faith, he left them all behind.
Though Abraham’s family couldn’t understand his motives, they couldn’t question his faith. Abraham displayed before all a tremendous testimony of faith at work.
Don’t minimize the significance of good works in the Christian life. Others are watching to see if your faith is for real. Set before them a pure light which will lead them to your Savior.
Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero. — Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.