Abraham Experienced Trouble
It was difficult for Abraham to leave all his friends. It was difficult to become a nomad1 in the strange land of Palestine. In fact, very soon Abraham came into great trouble. The rain stopped and the land became very dry. There was not enough grass for the cattle. There was not enough food to eat (Genesis 12:10).
10 But there was a famine in Canaan, and it was so bad that Abram went farther south to Egypt, to live there for a while.
People who follow God today often have great trouble too. Some people are chased from their homes. Sometimes their friends laugh at them. God allows trouble to test us and make us strong. Trouble shows whether we truly believe God and want to obey him. God wants us to obey him. God does not forget us when trouble comes. Never! He always wants to show us his great mercy. God wants to give us special strength in the time of trouble.
Although Abraham was hungry, he kept on obeying God. Abraham did not return to his father’s home. He obeyed God. Trouble did not discourage Abraham. He kept on living in the strange land, just like God had said.