“THE BLESSING AND THE CHALLENGE”

Genesis 12:1-2
1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

When God called Abraham in Genesis chapter 12, He told him, He wanted to bless him greatly. I can only imagine the excitement he felt hearing the voice of God knowing He wanted to bless him. But the blessing came with a challenge for Abraham and his family. God said, you will have to leave your country, which was the place of his fathers, and it was his home. In other words, God will bless you Abraham, but you have to let Him move you into a place that is uncomfortable. A land where you will have to lean and trust entirely in the Lord because you’ve never been there.

I believe God moves in the same way today. He wants to bless us, but the blessing will always come with a challenge. For each of us, the challenge is different, but one thing is the same; whatever God is asking us to do, it will make us uncomfortable. We will be excited about what He is going to do, but sometimes we pause when we think about what it will require us to do. The land of uncomfortableness that He is calling us to means that we will have to lean and trust completely in God. We won’t know what to do because it’s a place we never been. It will cause us to have to look up before we look ahead. We won’t be able to take a step without lifting up our eyes to Heaven for direction.

Yes, it’s going to be awkward and uncomfortable, but I can promise you this, it will be worth it. I know it might sound crazy, but for someone today, the uncomfortable feeling you have proves you’re in the will of God, and when you’re in His will, the blessings are sure to follow. If you want the blessing, accept the challenge.

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