Did Abraham Use Atlas Van Lines?

Today I’ve been thinking about Abraham.  You know Abram in the Old Testament.  The one that God called and said, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (Gen 12:1).  Have you ever thought about how Abraham managed to move?

We’re moving to Kansas City in a week.  And it’s a big job.  Getting bids from movers. Packing.   Phone calls. Packing.  Finding a home. Packing.  Changing insurance. Packing, Getting a house ready to rent. Packing. Turning off utilities. Packing.  Turning on utilities. Packing. Contacting everyone. Packing.  And more packing!

I wonder did Abraham get professional movers?  Did he have to do all the packing?  I wonder if Sarah packed the good china?  Or did she put up a fuss about moving?

Think about moving.  Not across town. Or another state.  But across the wilderness. With flocks and herds.  And servants. And relatives.  And all of their possessions.  And on what?  Ox carts and wagons?

But Abraham accepted the call of God.  Listen to what the Hebrew writer said.

“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;  for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb 11:8)

Abraham was a man of faith.  Faith in God.  Faith in His promises.  Faith in His protection.  His in His providential care.

But Abraham was also a man of works.  Faith works.  Faith is active. Notice the verbs that speak of Abraham’s faith.  Obeyed. Went. Dwelt. Waited.

And where did Abraham’s faith take him?  Well, he didn’t know where!  “He went out, not knowing where he was going!”  I admit that I didn’t start packing until I knew I was going to Kansas City! 

Abraham was a follower of God.  So he went. As a result, he became the father of the Jewish nation.  A great patriarch. An example of faith.   A hero for the Jewish people until this day.

Along the way Abraham had trials, tests and temptations.  He wasn’t perfect.  But he was God’s man.  He allowed himself to be used by God.  And to do what God needed him to do.

Isn’t that true today?  Whether living in the same county your whole life, or moving around the country or the world, you can be used for God’s purpose.  And accomplish His plan.   Harold Comer used to tell young preachers, “Boys, don’t get too tied to a piece of dirt.”  Good advice!  Fortunately, Abraham wasn’t.  I need to be a person of faith like him.

A friend of ours gave Norma Jean a little gift today that reads “BLOOM where God plants you.”  That’s what Abraham did.  That’s what I’m going to do.  How about you?

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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17 responses to “Did Abraham Use Atlas Van Lines?

  1. Faloria Jones

    Thank you. God bless you. This advice can be used by everyone. I never heard it said so well.

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  2. ginny

    Thank you Ken for your daily thoughts. I look forward to them each morning

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  3. Ruth Bryan

    Ken, if all goes as planned Dane and I will be moving back to Hillsboro. First time for many yeaars. What an encouragement Dave. And Nancy have been. I know what you are facing but this too will pass . God bless!

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  4. Suzi Harrison

    Aunt Nancy and I had a conversation recently about faith…….We know that without faith it is impossible to please God. The children of Israel fell in the wilderness because they did not have faith….They grumbled and complained and vexed the Lord with their lack of faith. So what does it mean to have faith? To believe that God is alive? That there is a God? I believe it is more than that. God wants us to walk by faith in the knowledge that he is good, has wonderful plans for us, knows better than we what is good for us, and he wants us to trust him and his plans and judgement because of his inherent goodness and love toward us. One example of a person who didn’t have this belief (faith) was the man who was given a talent. He said ” I knew you to be a hard man”. How awful! The master had GIVEN the slave money “according to his ability”. It may seem like one talent is not a lot…..because of the comparison with what was given to the other servants. However, in researching the value of a talent of Gold, it seems that a talent of gold in today’s market would be somewhere around 2 million dollars. So two talents =4 million, 5 talents =10 million etc. This was not a “hard’ master! This was a generous and kind master who entrusted a lot of money to his servants because he knew their abilities and was willing to bankroll their future and invest in them. So to me…..this servant appears to be not only ungrateful for this generous action by his master…..but also further insults the master by stating that he “is a hard man”. When I read about the Lord of Glory……I read that he is longsuffering, tenderhearted, faithful, the definition of LOVE. This servant did not “know” the master at all! The scriptures that tell of the Lord’s love, goodness, tenderheartedness and mercy are numerous. One scripture did jump out at me this week however and it is this…1 Thessalonians 5:9
    “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,”. God’s destiny for us and will for us is salvation! Not wrath! So in light of all this….in my conversation with Aunt Nancy….I was telling her that I am reminded daily of the Lord’s love and goodwill because I see the beautiful flowers …..so intricate. And brightly colored fish……(puts Salvadore Dali to shame) And the variety of fruit with their different colors…..The rainbow…..with it’s splendor…..what a beautiful token …..a reminder from the Lord to himself and mankind and all the animals that he would never again flood the whole earth……(This has comforted and assured the world for eons). God made all these things for US! and if he created it all in 6 days……What splendor awaits us ? The Lord stated ” I go to prepare a place for you…..” THAT was over 2000 years ago! If what the Lord created in 6 days is spectacular and full of unending wonder and limitless in it’s design (think the universe) What is he able to accomplish in 2000+ years??? So yes…..Faith (in the love and goodness of our God) IS the victory!
    Abraham showed it when he acted on God’s command to slaughter Isaac (he knew God would raise him back up)
    Jocabed showed it when she put Moses in the basket in the water. (she knew the Lord would watch over him)
    Moses showed it when he offered himself in the place of the children of Israel (who were destined for destruction)
    The list goes on….But yes……Abraham showed it when he got up and left his comfort zone…..where he had grown up…..and his father, mother and relatives………for a land he had never seen and had no idea where it was…..because he believed in God …… (a kind and loving, merciful God) and that God’s plans for him were GOOD!!!

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  5. janet moody

    Ken and Norma Jean,
    I am not sure we have met, but I want to introduce myself, as we will soon be fellow Kansas City residents. My name is Janet Moody and Wayne is my husband. We moved to Kansas City from San Antonio a little over a year ago and Wayne works with the Vivion Road church. I have been following your blog and, especially, appreciate your comments on moving. I pray that your move is safe and that you will enjoy the Kansas City area as much as we have. I know several families from Hickman Mills and I pray the work will prosper as you work together to spread the gospel in this area. Looking forward to meeting you soon.

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  6. Suzi Harrison

    You’re welcome Ken,
    I must confess……….I don’t always take the time to read the blog….(Last semester (MedSurg 2) was quite intense) but it seems when I do ……the spirit is stirred within me……and you know what the scriptures say….”.Do not quench the spirit! 🙂 (1 Thes 5:19)
    Thanks for the kind words in return! Love to you both! May the Lord bless you as you bloom where you are planted! ❤ Suzi

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  7. mike fletcher

    Amen Brother Ken, for some reason I have not gotten the last few bloggs so I sent off e-mail again. On Abraham moving, I lost my job March 12th. and it has been a blessing every day, because Lois and I have let go and let God, and now just like you we are moving with new job, our house has sold and we will be renting an apt were we are going. Where? Gray GA. just 15miles N E of Macon GA. yes leaving Gilchrist county to start a-new, other than the job and grandaughter just 2hrs away, not sure why God said Macon, but we are going just like Abraham, go forward and not looking back. Isaiah 55:8-9 His ways and thoughts are higher than ours. We just have to remember that God is Great and God is Good all the time. oh on packing, I was out of town a week ago for few days with my dad and I returned home to find the living room gone and most all the furniture that we are not taking sold, so the moto at our house now is, do not stand still you will either get sold or packed in box. We wish you and Norma God speed and if we every get to Kansas City we’ll look you up.

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    • Hey Mike, good to hear from you. Didn’t know about your move, but hope all goes well. As far as the blog, that happens and I don’t know why. But thanks for reading and encouraging me. God bless. Ken

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  9. Very descriptive article, I loved that a lot.
    Will there be a part 2?

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  10. This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Cheers!
    Exactly where arre your contact details though?

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    and thast is also happening with this paragraph which I am reading at this place.

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