1. The Lord God said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you.
2. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. "
4. So Abram left, as the Lord had told him and Lot went with him. Aram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.
5. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew lot, al the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
6. Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.
7. The Lord appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
8. From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
9. Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev.
10. Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while beacause the famine was severe.
11. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, "I know what a beautiful woman you are.
12. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, 'This is his wife' Then they will kill me but will let you live.
13. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared bacause of you."
14. When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that she was a very beautful woman.
15. And when Pharoah's officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace.
16. He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, menservants and maidservants, and camels.
17. But the Lord had inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram's wife Sarai.
18. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. "What have you done to me?" he said. "Why didn't you tell me she was your wife?
19. Why did you say, 'She is my sister,' so that I took her to me by wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!"
20. Then Pharoah gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.
This entire chapter fascinates me.
Verse 5 is such an awesome verse - they set out for the land of Canaan and they arrived there.
I have a tendency to talk a lot about what I want to do or where I want to go in life but all too often that's all I do - talk. I don't even get as far as setting out. And if I do manage to set out, many times I do not actually arrive where I intended to go. Instead I get distracted, off course of just give up.
But if I look at verses 1- 3 I can see the reason for his success. Abram was listening for the voice of God and God spoke to him. And having heard, Abram followed the command. He could do so in the confidence that God would be with him and guide him. And this is where all true success is grounded and rooted. In following the voice of God wherever it takes us.