In Touch Devotional By Dr Charles Stanley

In Touch Devotional || 11th January 2024 || When God Says “Go”


In Touch Devotional || 11th January 2024 || When God Says “Go”

You are welcome to Today’s In Touch Daily Devotional written by Dr Charles Stanley and published by In Touch Ministry. Charles F. Stanley is the founder of In Touch Ministries and a New York Times best-selling author. He demonstrates a keen awareness of people’s needs and provides Christ-centered biblically-based principles for everyday life.

Today’s Topic: When God Says “Go”

Our faith in God grows when we choose to obey even when it’s hard.

Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4

12 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 will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.


In verse 1 of today’s passage, the English translation “go” doesn’t capture the emphasis suggested by the verb in Hebrew, the original language of the Old Testament. This word is not a suggestion, a statement, or a request; it’s a command—”Go! Now! Get up and move!”

The rest of verse 1 underscores precisely what God’s “Go!” would look like for the aging Abram. The Lord was calling him to leave everything he knew—his land, his family, and his home—to head into the unknown without a map. God had a destination in mind for him and his future descendants. And He promised to show the way and let Abram know when he arrived.

Verse 4 tells us Abram went. Though it’s possible he may have had second thoughts, Scripture doesn’t record them. Instead, the account tells us God commanded and Abram, in faith, obeyed.

Are there things God has commanded us to do that we treat as mere suggestions, statements, or requests? We sometimes look for loopholes or choose a semi-committed “maybe” in response to something God has instructed us to do. Abram understood there was only one righteous response to God’s imperative “Go!” That was a “Yes, Lord”—which he promptly demonstrated with his full obedience.

Bible in One Year: Genesis 36-38

In Touch Devotional || 11th January 2024 || When God Says “Go”

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