God called Abram to leave his country and his people and to go to a land which He had promised. “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). The bible does not give any reference to Abram asking God for specific details about where he was going. The bible says that Abram took his wife and his nephew Lot and set out for the land of Canaan. I wonder what questions Abram’s family had when he told them that he was leaving. The other interesting part about this story is that when Abram got to Canaan, there were people living in the land.
“Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him” (Genesis 12:7). What I recall from reading in the New Testament, was that people build altars wherever they encountered God. Abram built the altar in remembrance of what God said and to keep hold of the promise. God also promised Abram that he would be the father of many nations. This was although Abram still had no children at an old age.
Abram lived like he knew what God said to be absolutely true and with a desire to fulfil his destiny and purpose. His inner conviction allowed him to move when God said to move and to hold unto the promises of God. Like Abram, each of us are created for a specific purpose and destiny. We can sense an inner conviction about what we should be doing with our lives. Many people are deterred by the opinions of others and end up in careers and even marriages that they did not feel led into. It is dangerous to live your life based on other people’s opinions.
We do need spiritual guidance and wisdom from people who are mature in the faith. The guidance from others should only be obeyed as far as it lines up with what the word says. More so, there are things that we know that God has placed inside of us. There are inner convictions that we have from the Holy Spirit which we cannot ignore. The best place for each believer to be is in a place where we can hear from God for ourselves. As long as you are in the will of God and not living in deception, then follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. He will guide you into all truth and help you to live according to purpose and destiny.