Out of Ur

outline of a city crossed by a red line

Bible verse and the Spirit of Prophecy insight

Genesis 12:1

Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.

God leads His children by a way that they know not, but He does not forget or cast off those who put their trust in Him. He permitted affliction to come upon Job, but He did not forsake him. He allowed the beloved John to be exiled to lonely Patmos, but the Son of God met him there, and his vision was filled with scenes of immortal glory. God permits trials to assail His people, that by their constancy and obedience they themselves may be spiritually enriched, and that their example may be a source of strength to others. “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil.” Jeremiah 29:11. The very trials that task our faith most severely and make it seem that God has forsaken us, are to lead us closer to Christ, that we may lay all our burdens at His feet and experience the peace which He will give us in exchange.

Ellen G. White – Patriarchs & Prophets p.129.2

Present day application

Many a time I have found myself wondering: why is this happening to me? Is this what God wants? Is this where he leads me? If you are a Christian, then you probably know what I mean. The small still voice speaks to us, but the enemy does all that is in his power to instil doubts in our minds. He also continually distracts us by enticing us with worldly pleasures and carnal desires.

Abraham is called the father of faith. He had stepped out in faith, not just this one time when he got out of Ur. He had done that many times as he journeyed with the Lord. He had a few moments of weakness, as we all do. Nevertheless, his faith has been rewarded in the end. Ponder on those things each time you are in doubt regarding the way the Lord is leading you.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

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