Parsha Lech Lecha: Bereshith/Genesis 12:1 - 17:27
Just do it.
No, we're not talking about a popular shoe brand. This is advice:
Just do it. Get up and go!
This week's parsha is Lech-lecha, which means 'Go yourself out.' That's what YAHUAH told Abram:
Genesis/Bereshith 12:1-3 - "And יהוה said to Abram, “Go yourself out of your land, from your relatives and from your father’s house, to a land which I show you. And I shall make you a great nation, and bless you and make your name great, and you shall be a blessing! And I shall bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the clans of the earth shall be blessed.”
YAH told Abram to go to some unknown place where He had something great in store for him. Abram heard YAH's promises, but still he had no idea where he was going or what he was going to find when he got there. All he knew was...it's going to be good. So, he trusted Elohim and went.
This is the first step in receiving any major blessing in our lives - stepping out in belief.
We all want miracles from Heaven. We all want our life to change for the better. We all want Elohim to bless us so we don't have to struggle or suffer anymore.
But those blessings - the major ones that make dramatic changes in our lives - they require something of us. In order to receive those blessings, we have to step out and follow YAHUAH. We have to just do it.
We have to leave everything behind - our land, our relatives, and our family. Everything that's familiar. Everything that's comfortable. Everything that's "safe."
Changes will have to be made - necessary, sometimes difficult, uncomfortable changes, but those changes will ultimately bring about the good.
We will have to leave behind everything that's common and 'acceptable' to the society around us. People - friends, family, and loved ones - will say all kinds of things to you or about you as you go against the tide and break out on a new path.
But that's what it takes. To follow YAH in today's world, we will have to strike out on a new path.
It can be a scary process. You don't know where you're going. You don't know exactly where you'll end up. You may feel all alone. You may wonder if you're doing the right thing.
Gen/Ber. 15:1 - "After these events the word of יהוה came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your reward is exceedingly great.”
Do not be afraid. Step out. Begin the journey - because the ending will be good.
We may not know how long the journey will be. We may not know all the turns that we'll have to make along the way. There may even be a hard-fought battle or two, but the ending is an exceedingly great reward!
It may sound difficult, but the way is actually quite simple: just put one foot in front of the other.
"Walk before Me and be perfect" (Ber. 17:1). Simply walk - one step at a time - knowing that He is right there with you.
Yes, perfect in belief. Do not waver in belief. Do not waver in knowing that He is with you.
Believe that He is with you. Live like He is with you. Walk like He is with you.
Before you take a step, just ask Him, "YAH, which direction do I go?"
There is no fear - because YAHUAH is with you. He'll answer and give you direction because He's right there with you!
We mess up only when we fail to acknowledge His Presence in our life and don't ask for directions. That's how we get lost. That's how we fall into the tar pit - those really sticky situations (traps) that only YAH can deliver us from.
But if we just acknowledge Him, ask for directions, and then take that step, we will get closer and closer to that exceedingly great reward, that major life-changing blessing we've been looking for.
It is a journey, but a journey is nothing more than a series of steps.
It all starts with that first step: making the decision that you're going to walk with YAH no matter what.
If you want that life-changing blessing, then Lech Lecha!
Get up and go! Walk with YAHUAH!