And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 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. And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.
by: Dorothy Noel.
Abram took all his possessions (v.5). When God told him to move, he did not plan on coming back. How often, when God calls us, do we leave a breadcrumb trail back to where we started…just in case? Abram was wealthy enough to have left a small cohort behind to maintain a place in the society he left. But Abram trusted wholly, knowing God moves forward and has a plan A. Abram did not need a plan B when he was following God’s direct leading. Do not let preparedness and contingencies become an idol, displacing or usurping your trust in God’s never-ending work in your life and this world.