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Separation, which means release from the influence of those things which hinder full development, is a blessing even though it may be dif ficult. God had a great purpose in mind for Abram, but to accomplish it He had to get him out of his own country, nway from the downward pull of heathendom, and out into a new adventure of faith with Him. Down in the midst of those who worshiped the heavenly bodies was a man who had found that there was no satisfaction for his soul in such worship. He had found the true God, and was ready to re spond to His call. We find Abram I. Hearing God’s Call (vv. 1-3). Men who have been used to ac complish great and good things in the world have, like Abraham, been willing to step out into the dark. They have not foreseen great ness nor even striven for it, but have gone out at God’s call, obeying Him day by day, and He has been re sponsible for the outworking of their destiny. How important it is to have the listening ear, and the obedient heart. He was attentive to God’s word, and willing to take Him at His word. Abram was strongly attached to his homeland. He was a man of such strength of character and obvious ability, that he undoubtedly held a place of real importance in his own country. To leave that and go out to an unknown destination (Heb. 11:8) called for real faith—and Abram had it! God had a purpose in calling him out—the establishment of a great na tion. Through Abram all the nations of the earth were to be blessed. That stupendous eventuality hung in the balance until he decided to obey God, and we are glad he did. When God takes anything from us, we can be sure that He is planning a greater blessing to take its place. Material loss often brings spiritual blessing. Separation from family may give a broader relationship to others. Sacrifice for the Lord’s serv ice brings hundredfold returns (Matt. 19; 29). 11. Responding to God’s Command (w. 4-6). As the Lord spoke, so Abram de parted. He was to be the channel of God’s blessing, and he put him self in God’s hand for His use. The lives of each of us may, in our own way, be the channels of God’s bless ings to those round about us; but only if we, like Abram, respond to His call.' The migration of Abram from Chaldea to Canaan is one of the most important events in all history. It was one of the grand turning points in the story of the human race. The fact that Abram took with him his entire family into the prom ised land, reminds us that we are not to go alone into the Lord’s heav enly kingdom. We are to take our families with us. Note also that Abram brought his substance, his riches, with him. That tells us anew that when a man comes into the household of God through Jesus Christ, he is to bring his purse with him. Consecrate your substance as well as yourself and your service to God. The journey of Abram ended (v. 6) in what is said to be the most beautiful spot in all of Palestine— but even here difficulty faced him, for “the Canaanite was then in the land.” Even so, the Christian life is not one of ease and idleness, but of heroic endeavor and victory. The Promised Land is a type, not of heaven, but of the Christian’s' life and experience. We, too, find the Canaanite in the land. There is a constant struggle with the world, the flesh and the devil; but there is victory in Christ. ni. Receiving God’s Blessing (w. 7-9). God kept His promise to Abram. True he did not see the entire ful fillment of it, but is that necessary to the man of faith? God says it, we believe it; it becomes our pres ent possession by faith, though the enjoyment of it may be yet to come. Note that wherever Abram pitched his tent, he built an altar. He was not too hurried or busy to remem ber God. We, too, are pilgrims and strangers in this world. Let us not fail to raise an altar to God. Wher ever we may be, let us leave a tes timony for Him. For such a man, God could well have a high purpose. He was among that noble company who in all ages have “simply obeyed each day the divine orders which were given them, took each day the way of prayer, of righteousness, of duty; content if they had light enough for that and the next step, leaving to a higher will all that should come after. And God charged Himself with their destiny” (J. G. Green bough).