“And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.”  Genesis 12:10

You are a Christian committed, devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, the study of the word of God, prayer, and faithful in Church attendance and worship and living a life that honors and glorifies Jesus.  You are disappointed with the way things are going.  You are not alone.

Look at Abram above.  He had been directed by God, to leave the land of his family heritage, and go to this land of Canaan.  A land filled with carnage and gross immorality, and now famine had come into the land.  What was Abram to do?  I am fairly certain he struggled with the thoughts of his mind.  “Should I stay in the land?”  “Should I go to Egypt where there is prosperity, and the land is prosperous in order to provide for my family?” Maybe he even asked the question, “Can I go into Egypt and still be faithful to God’s call?”  All very good, and human questions.

Most of those who are reading this have been in a place of famine.  Maybe not a literal famine, but a famine of no income; no income, no groceries, no way to pay the rent, or the mortgage payment; no way to pay the bills.  Health issues can be a famine as well.

Abram did the human thing and went down to Egypt.  The land of Canaan was where God wanted him to be. What was he to do?  He was to do as God called him.  Stay where God called him.  Believe what God said. Do what God said. This was most certainly a test of Abram’s faith.  Just in case you have put Abram [Abraham] on a pedestal, and elevated him to the level of “extraordinary saint” or something like that, then, take a look at this example given.  He went through much of what you and I go through.

It is sometimes tough to stay put, to keep moving forward, but if we are faithful to God’s call that is the most important thing we can do.

Abram’s call to Canaan was clear, and there was a promise of God with it (Genesis 12:1-3).  God’s calling for you and I may not always be that clear, but we can still be faithful to what we know of His call.  Be faithful to Christ Jesus.  Love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  Also, we can do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

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