Yesterday, I mentioned that up to now, God had initiated all the communication between himself and Abram. In Genesis 12 v 8, though, we see Abram arriving between Bethel and Ai, where he built an altar, and ‘called on the name of the Lord’. Maybe it had been quite a while since the Lord had appeared to him, but Abram doesn’t wait for any further invitation.
However, he doesn’t seem to get any response from God. Apparently nothing happened. No fireworks. No answer. On this occasion, Abram does all the running.
Isn’t life like that sometimes. We pray, we pray some more, we call on the name of the Lord, we cry out to him…and no response. What did Abram do about it? ‘He continued towards the Negev.’ (Genesis 12 v 9) When all else fails, when we don’t hear from God, we just keep on keeping on.
Had God forgotten Abram? Silly question in the light of the next dozen chapters, and the rest of history for that matter. But right then, when you can’t see into the future, that’s an easy conclusion to reach. It’s how it feels. It just happens not to be true, that’s all!