Finally, the story of Genesis begins in earnest. Chapter twelve is not a creation story, but it might as well be because everything takes a turn here. The rest of the Bible will be about the conversation God has with Abraham here.
God chooses Abraham to be His person of promise. The Lord intends to create for himself a special people, a nation of people, a people to call his own. They will be the descendants of Abraham.
Apparently, Abraham did not have to qualify for this promise. Nothing is said about him being especially “righteous.” God just picked him. God’s intent was that through Abraham, all nations of the earth might be blessed by God.
We might well ask: If God could just pick Abraham and bless him, why did He need Abraham to bless all nations of the world. Why didn’t God just choose to bless everyone like He did Abraham?
Blessing would not be without obligation. Abraham was the beginning of the learning process. He would have to “let goods and kindred go.” He would have to blindly follow the leading of God. He would have to trust that God could and would bring about the impossible in His life. He would have to learn to be a blessing to others outside his family and ethnic group, for the purpose of his calling was to bless others.
And so it is with us all. We do not have to “get right with God” before we become His children. We do not have to qualify. God qualifies us with his election. But having been qualified, we must live as the called, not as the world.