When God says, “Go,” you’d better go.
“The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.” — Genesis 12:1
M*A*S*H was a long-running TV series that I would watch at various times because, when I was a teen, the show would be in rerun heaven. I think I’ve seen every episode, though never sequentially. For example, B.J. Hunnicutt would be with the cast during the 6 PM local TV times slot, while Trapper John could be seen at 4:30 PM on another station.
Are there some lines you remember from shows? “Lucy, I’m home!” is easy because Ricardo said it many times, but I remember one M*A*S*H episode where the 4077 had to physically relocate. Colonel Sherman T. Potter snapped at Radar the line I still hear clearly: “The ‘M” in Mobile Army Surgical Hospital means MOVE!”
In this moment with Abram, I hear God sounding like Colonel Potter. Oh yes, God is parental, but even more so God is a bit bossy, a true Army leader. “I said go, so go!”
And Abram does.
Maybe you need a Colonel Sherman T. Potter God in your life now. Maybe you need to have someone bark a direction at you that you need to follow pronto, and that ‘someone’ is God.
God isn’t Colonial Potter, and God’s voice isn’t always loud. Even when God is quiet (or silent), it does not mean God is unclear. No, God wants you to move. Always.
God may want you to physically move, or God may want you to change your thinking, your behavior, or your response. But God IS God. If you know God’s character, you know you may need to realign something in your life.
Through this wonderful story with Abram, Lot and Sarai, be certain of this: when God says, “Go!” you do just that—you go.
Our scripture for Sunday is Genesis 12:1-4 and John 3:1-17.
PRAYER: Lord, You know I’ve been sitting on the fence about something, or I’ve been stuck in a place that does not need my response or action; it needs Yours. You were clear with Abram. Be clear with me. Move me. Amen.