Have you ever really thought about Abraham and his relationship with God? I mean, here we have a man living in a place called Ur of the Chaldeans, and while there he lived in the midst of idol worship. In fact, it is thought that the very place he came from was called “the city of the moon god.” In Joshua 24:2 we read “Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor served other gods.”
One day Abraham, Abram at that time, heard God say, “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” He then gave him a promise to make his name great and that all the earth would be blessed in him. This is some strong stuff don’t you think? I mean, think about this for a minute. In the midst of your everyday life going about your own business, you hear a voice but not just any voice. This is a voice that tells you to uproot your whole life and go somewhere, you have no idea where it is, and you go. This is a voice you know you can trust. One more thing; we don’t have any reason to believe there was anyone else around to confirm this voice. I don’t know about you, but if I was going to uproot my life I would like to have someone or something to confirm for me that I had truly heard from God.
Without writing in detail everything Abraham went through, let me just say, he seemed to live completely by faith in what God was telling him. Although he stumbled a little here and there, for the most part he did what God told him and without any of the things we tend to rely on.
In our day we go to church, have a priest or pastor, a Bible, internet, books and associates. Abraham had none of these things and yet he obeyed God by faith every step of the way. Abraham had a relationship with God without the aid of a Bible, prayer book, synagogue, Temple, Church building or even an accountability partner, except maybe Sarah his wife. Then again we know what happened when he listened to her suggestion but that is another story entirely.
I suppose what I really wanted to write about today is how this man, we call the father of our faith, lived in relation to God. He didn’t attend a church service regularly, he didn’t confess sins to a priest or have regularly scheduled quiet times and yet he heard from God. As a matter of fact, he heard so well he even went as far as to almost kill his son upon God’s command. The Bible says, “He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.” Abraham lived thousands of years before Christ and yet he understood God has the power to raise the dead. He never read the Easter story from the gospels and yet he knew about God’s resurrection power.
In conclusion, let me just say, I am not advocating anyone to stop praying, or reading the Bible, or to stop attending church services. What I am asking though is, “are you hearing from God?” In the midst of all these things, are we hearing from God?