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.

READING: Genesis 12: 6–9

Let us consider Abram’s response to the seemingly insurmountable  difficulties of receiving God’s promise of land. What might his response  have been?  

He may have buckled immediately in the face of the Canaanite occupation  and doubted either God or himself. “I obviously didn’t hear right,” he may  have been tempted to say. Or, he might have become belligerent and  annoyed with God. “How do you expect me to stay here, with all these  Canaanites?” he may have riled. Our reading for today shows us that he  had neither of these responses; he just believed God, acted on his faith and  called on the name of the Lord.  

The provision that God has made for us will also be challenged but we, like  Abram, must find a way to express our faith; we must do something that  shows that we believe the promise of God. It is not real faith that says “I  believe God” but never acts on the promises that God has made. 


Open my eyes Lord to see the great and precious promises that you  have made to me and my family by being in Christ. Lord I declare  that I take these promises seriously and I call on the Name of Jesus  to make these promises come to pass in my life.