It seems like everywhere we look lately, the story of Abraham leaving the land of Haran is presented to us, starting in Genesis chapter 12. There’s a lot we can pull out of it. God calling us to step out in faith without having all the information is probably the biggest. In this fallen world of brokenness and unpredictability, we are rarely given assurance about how things will play out. Instead, our heavenly Father asks us to hang our hopes in His trustworthiness. He has a good plan, and He WILL accomplish it.
That doesn’t mean God expects us to always jump without flinching, though. Genesis 15:6 does record that “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” But just two verses later, Abraham voices his doubts: “Lord, how can I know….” The Lord does not get angry with him, but does swear a covenant on His own life to reassure Abraham. Many times throughout the Bible people beg God to confirm and reassure them, and He responds with love and patience. As the apostle says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
PS: Our favorite part of this story though is Gen 18:16, when Sarah denies having laughed at the idea of having a baby. We always chuckle at the Lord’s matter-of-fact reply: “No, you did laugh.”