Monday, June 09, 2008
4 So Abram went out as the Lord had commanded him, and Lot went with him: Abram was seventy-five years old when he went forth from Haran. 5 And he took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all the substance which they had gathered, and the souls which they had gotten in Haran: and they went out to go into the land of Chanaan. And when they were come into it,
6 Abram passed through the country into the place of Sichem, as far as the noble vale: now the Chanaanite was at that time in the land. 7 And the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him: To thy seed will I give this land. And he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 And passing on from thence to a mountain, that was on the east side of Bethel, he there pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east; he built there also an altar to the Lord, and called upon his name. 9 And Abram went forward, going, and proceeding on to the south. 10 And there came a famine in the country; and Abram went down into Egypt, to sojourn there: for the famine was very grievous in the land.
11 And when he was near to enter into Egypt, he said to Sarai his wife: I know that thou art a beautiful woman: 12 And that when the Egyptians shall see thee, they will say: She is his wife: and they will kill me, and keep thee. 13 Say, therefore, I pray thee, that thou art my sister: that I may be well used for thee, and that my soul may live for thy sake.
It was time to pack up an move on for Abram. We are all called at some point in our lives to pack up and go where we are often uncertain of the territory. Not always by the command of God, but by others. It could be anyone for that matter. In a way we do this as a way of direction. In the spiritual life it's our heart that we often need to pack up the extra luggage that we carry around. We tote it everywhere. God calls us to clean out and move the junk that is cluttering our homes. Not the physical home but the interior home of our hearts. How are we able to move around and give him glory with so much burdening us. Will we be able to set up an altar of purified love for him. Many times we hide the beauty of our love for God, fearful others will steal it away. Why do we fear showing our love for God in the first place. That's what turns us into beautiful radiant flowers in God's garden.
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