‘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. 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. I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran’.

Today’s Old Testament reading from Genesis shows us the absolute obedience of Abraham. The Lord said to him, “Go”, and he went; he was not a young man, and he left behind all that was familiar. God sometimes asks this of us too. May we be ready – by practising small acts of obedience in daily life, so that when something big comes along, we are already prepared in heart to take the step.

May God bless you this day.