Genesis 12:1 says, “Now the LORD had said unto Abram (his name before God changed it to Abraham), Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.”Abraham was a citizen of Ur of the Chaldees, possibly in the area of where the Garden of Eden once stood. Abraham’s people built the city of Babylon and Babel, the great tower. Despite their culture, the people and his family were idol worshipers.
In Joshua 24:2 it says, “And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old-time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.”
Abraham’s environment and heredity were contrary to his faith. He was not a product of his day; he was different. Abraham was like a lily that came up out of the mire, and like a rose that came forth from among the briars.
Abraham received word from God that he should leave his home and his country and all of his people, and that he should go out from them. God promised to bless him if he did. God speaks to many people, but too often they don’t recognize God’s voice. It is sad when they do not know the voice of God.
What is faith? It is hearing the voice of God. God spoke and Abraham heard. How can you hear the voice of God? Being quiet before Him, living in His presence, reading His Word, loving Him with all your heart. God wants to speak to His people.
The first fascinating thing about Abraham is that when God spoke, he heard it. He did not have to run off like poor little Samuel did when he said to Eli, “Did you call me?” Eli said, “No, I didn’t call you.” After three trips Eli said, “Samuel, that must be God talking to you.”When God has something to say, have a listening ear! Whole denominations miss God because they cannot hear what He has to say. Many preachers of large congregations cannot hear when God wants to move them into a deeper way of life, and they have missed what God is doing in their generation. Nobody is claiming that it is easy to hear God. Jesus said that there were those who had ears, but did not hear. I can assure you that there are millions of so-called Christians who do not know the voice of God at all. They have believed upon Him, but they have never heard Him speak where they can identify that God spoke to them.
Faith is the knowledge within us that when God speaks, we understand what He has said. So faith HEARS God!