One of the obvious blessings of Abraham was his ability to know the voice of God. In his generation, there was nothing close to the bible to guide men in spiritual wisdom. The prophets of God that became town-criers and watchmen to the household of Israel concerning the will of God had not yet evolved. But even during the idolatry and wickedness of his time, Abram could still discern the voice of God. He could acknowledge the presence of the Almighty hands of God upon him. This ability is more than we can describe as wisdom. He did not describe the voice of God as a figment of his imagination. When God spoke to him, he recognized the highest authority, revered the Holy God and followed his directives.
One might wonder what God thought when he singled Abram out of his generation and asked him to leave his friends, his kindred and his family and go to that place He will point to him. We fully understand from the Bible that God had never spoken with Abram before the assignment. The thought of God concerning humanity is the same from the beginning of age and will remain the same through eternity. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11) These awesome thoughts were in the mind of God towards Abram and the poor man was completely ignorant of it. Abram did not know that he was desolate like a desert; he did not know that his marriage with Sarai would be unfruitful. It seemed that God was saying in His thought, “Abram if you obey my commandment, I will change your unfruitful destiny to a blessed one.” All these transforming blessings towards Abram were locked into the thoughts of God and Abram had no idea. Yet he honored God in his actions.
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house unto a land that I shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shall be a blessing. I will bess them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3)
The message of God was explicit in the passage. God was telling Abram to separate himself for the blessing He had in store for him. He was asking him to relocate to the zone of his divine blessing because he cannot bless him in the land that had already been cursed. He cannot bless him in the community that practiced despicable abomination of idolatry. He cannot singly bless him amidst the crooked people as they all would have choked the blessing out of him and left him with frustration. With every instruction of God, with every vision, God will make a provision. Once the Creator had spoken, all that Abram would need to sustain him in the journey, in terms of protection, strength and provision had been made available in the spiritual realm. All that remained was for his obedience to call those provisions into being.
Abram responded faithfully. He packed his bags and set out to follow the fingers of God to where He will point to him to go. At times we always think this is easy and that anyone can do it. One of the most difficult projects of man on earth is to embark on the project of change. Even if the change is rewarding and pleasant and easy to accomplish, man always likes to avoid changes. It is always very difficult to depart from your place of birth to a new environment you did not know anything of. The obedience of Abram was all that God needed to bless Him. The moment Abram followed the leading of God; the Heavenly Father faithfully flowed in manifesting His words and blessed Abram. The tip of the iceberg was the riches and wealth he first experience in his relationship with God. They were nothing compared with the blessings God had in store for him. Along the line in the relationship of Abram with God, the Heavenly Father entered into covenant with Abram.
It is a normal practice for people to change their names. However, at the end of the legal document that effects the name change, there is a legal qualification that reads, “all former documents remain valid.” When a man changes his name, the whole world may recognize the change, but it does not affect his spiritual identity and his spiritual destiny before God, because all former identities (both physical and spiritual) still remain valid. When the Lord changes the name of a person, his spiritual identity and his spiritual destiny is out rightly altered. It does not matter whether the people of the world recognize this change or not. At the age of ninety, God reiterated His covenant with Abram and changed his spiritual destiny through a prophetic pronouncement: “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and unto thy seed after thee.” (Genesis 17:5-7) The same deft touch of the God was made upon the name of Sarai the wife of Abraham. Her name was changed to Sarah. “And God said unto Abraham, as for Sarai thy wife, thou shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.” (Genesis 17:15-16)
The difference between Abram and Abraham is the change of destiny that heralds the unprecedented blessing of God. The covenant that he had with God was eventually sealed with an oath in which the Heavenly Father ascertained the completion of every term detailed in the covenant.
The obedience of Abraham, his faith and kindness and his unselfish attitude towards life made difference in the life of every human being in the entire world. In our century, every Christian claims the blessing of Abraham. Do we possess the obedience of Abraham? Does the faith of Abraham pose a challenge to us? Have we ever reasoned in the kindness and unselfish attitude towards life like Abraham? The name of Abraham became great according to the promise of God because he centered his mind on righteousness demanded by the righteous God. You can change the course of the lives of others that will come after you in accordance to the good thoughtfulness of God with your obedience, faith, kindness and God-like attitudes. The blessing of Abraham will surely be yours and your name will be great as well if you are ready to pay the price.