Definitely the call God gave Abram was tested!
It is not only Abram who must have doubted whether God really meant what He said. What about Moses and the children of Israel? The promises God gave them were amazing. “I will show my power. I will cause you to perform miraculous signs. I will deliver you. I will take you to the Promised Land. I will set you free. I will be your God. You will live in a land flowing with milk and honey.”
Moses must have been fully convinced. He must have been on ‘cloud nine’ after hearing all these promises from God.
But what happened when he went boldly to Pharoah? The situation got worse, not better. Everyone was angry at him. Everyone said it was his fault. Struggle. Pain. Suffering. The torture was increasing, with no breakthrough in sight. Moses’ call was tested — big time! And it only was fulfilled after arguably one of the biggest manifestations of spiritual warfare recorded in scripture.
We need to remind ourselves that a commitment to follow God wherever He will lead puts us into direct confrontation with the powers of darkness. We are in a battleground between Genesis 3 and Revelation 20, and an obedient soul will not go unchallenged by the enemy. When we choose to abandon ourselves to God, we directly confront the forces that are opposed to God and His purpose.
So, back to Abram. He was promised a great nation — but he did not have even one child! The promises and prophecies of greatness are repeated in Chapter 13, chapter 15, chapter 17 >> one covenant after another. But it was not happening.
Even for us, the prophecies might not come true overnight. Will we remain faithful?