Daily Devotional 9-6-19

Time to Get Out
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful
“Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.’” Genesis 12:1
I like to go to movies. Especially when I’ve had a busy and loaded week, I take time to enjoy a nice movie at the theater. A movie theater is a social place. You meet friends and socialize for a while, but most of the time is spent watching the movie. But, no matter how long and nice a movie is, it doesn’t run forever. It comes to an end and you have to get out of the theater.
God was about to initiate his redemptive plan for the world, and He narrowed in on the man, Abram. But, Abram was not idle. He had a life, family, clan, and a country. He belonged to a community. But, God asked him to get out of all his familiar circles. Abram was called out of establishments that gave him a sense of connection. On the surface, it may seem that God called him to leave something physical and natural—his father’s house, country, and family; however, on a deeper level, God called him to leave something else—the gods. In the ancient Near East culture, people believed their lives were controlled by gods. As such, there were plethora of gods who supposedly helped people. The calling of Abram involved leaving his family, tribal and national gods. The void created in Abram’s life would be filled with the One and True God. The days of Abram dabbling in idol worship was over. That show was over, and he had to get out of the environment and meet the God of the universe.
“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12
As part of the Holy Spirit sanctifying us, He invites us to leave unhealthy tendencies behind so our hearts are wholly dedicated to Him. He tells us we have spent enough time in things that did not profit our relationship with Him. It is time to get out of the deeds that have impeded our relationship with Him and others. Hear the Holy Spirit say to you, “child the movie is over, get out and come to me.”
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, sometimes I feel tied to things I need to get out of. Grant me the strength to break any unhealthy ties to be wholly devoted to you.