Abraham’s Call • Devotion #5: First Thing to Do
John Hubbard | Worship Leader
Have you ever been sure that God was moving right in front of you? Maybe you have witnessed a group of people putting their faith in Jesus shortly after a Pastor has preached, or you have heard that someone whose health had been failing is doing inexplicably better.
What is your first reaction in those moments? “The preacher must be good. Well they have got the right doctor, or maybe they have got the right combination of medication.” We have all played the “if I win the lottery, the first thing I would do” game, what is your first move? Would you pay off your mortgage, buy a new car, or get your mother something nice?
In Genesis, Abram is instructed by God to gather up his family and all his belongings and move to a foreign land that he will inherit. As he arrives in the land of Canaan, it is interesting to see what will be the first thing he does.
Genesis 12:7-8 says, “Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.”
As Abram followed God obediently through the land of Canaan, he continuously prioritized worshiping the Lord. When Abram had heard from God that his descendants would inherit the land, he stopped there and built an altar. In those days a burnt sacrifice was the way you worshipped God. Abram’s first move was not to plan his new house, or to think much of himself for earning his inheritance. He knew that everything that was happening was because God had done it. We like to put the credit where it often does not belong – in a pastor, a doctor, or our own hard work, but it all belongs to God.