WAY TO LIVE_DOT I (GOD) // CHAPTER 4
In Genesis 12, a man named Abram is from a wealthy and successful family. This man Abram will one day become Abraham, the father of what we now call the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
In this story, God starts by telling Abram to leave everything he knows and go to a new place he’s never been. Imagine this is you, and if you don’t believe in God, pretend you do for this exercise. The omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God is talking directly to you about your life. God, who exists outside of time and space itself—in fact the creator of time and space itself—steps into your speck of a life at this point in history and tells you where you fit into the cosmic plan and what you need to do next.
This is something many of us wish God would do right now. “God just tell me exactly what to do about everything and I’ll go do it.” At least, that’s what I wish.
God goes further. He makes Abram a promise, and he even changes his name from Abram to Abraham. He promises Abraham he’s going to be the father of many nations. Something that we see as true today but seemed impossible at the time. Abraham is believed to be in his late seventies when God makes this promise, and he had no children.
When God changes his name, he also makes Abraham a promise. A covenant. Remember covenant? This promise is the promise. The Old Testament, the old covenant, is this covenant that God makes to Abraham. Part one in the story that God is telling, this kicks off the whole thing.