Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Throughout the opening chapter of Genesis, we read the words, “And God said…” In each instance, He was speaking to His creation or his man He designed to rule over His creation. At the time of this speaking, Satan was bound and there was no resistance to anything Father said. Every word Father spoke brought forth life in some measure, whether in actual creation, or in the shaping of His man from that which He had created. God spoke, nothing argued with Him, and it came into physical existence. Nothing of creation or His man, at that time thought, “You talking to me?” God said it, and that settled it.
Today, when Father creates vision with His words to the heart of a man, often that work must first come through the human filter of, “You talking to me?” But even coming through that filter, when man will believe, embrace, and act upon what Father says, the Word, the will, the plan of God becomes manifest. One of the great examples of that is with the man we know as Father Abraham. While we can surely count on the faithfulness and goodness of God at all times, our humanity will still be, at times, shocked, or taken aback just a bit at some of the things the Lord calls on us to do, and this can be particularly true in our early steps with the Lord. That was certainly the case with Abram in Haran, a city of the Chaldean culture. Consider his circumstances just before the Lord called him. He had lived in Ur, and had come with his father, Terah, to live in Haran. This move for Abram was instigated by the Lord when He spoke to Abram. Consider what the Lord said to him. God told Abram to (1) get out of his country, (2) get away from his kin, (3) get away from his father’s house, and (4) and go to a place He would show him.
Now consider this. What would you do if you were told to leave the only country you had ever known, get away from your kin (in large part, the only people you had ever known), away from your father’s house (leave behind any potential inheritance you had), and go to a country that was, as yet, unknown to you? I’m pretty sure your response to anyone telling you that, “You talking to me?” Now Abram was a worshipper of Jehovah God. He had come from the line of Shem, the genetic line from Noah who were to receive the inheritance of the Promised Land. Once again, keep in mind that this was possibly the first direct contact Abram had with the Lord. Such a command could be staggering. However, despite the fact that he may very well have thought, “You talking to me?”, he chose to obey the Lord.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4