Thursday, April 27, 2017

Walking in the Dark

What is faith?  Cruising through the book of Hebrews, I stumbled upon this verse about faith that encapsulates the complete meaning of faith.

“By faith Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he didn’t know where he was going.”  Hebrews 11:8. 
How can you not know where you are going?  I guess Abraham did not have an iPhone with access to Siri!  Siri drives me nuts.  I don’t really need two women in my life that know more than me.

To obtain a better understanding of the situation, read Genesis 12:1-4.

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.  He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.”

Two words jump off the page in this text: Go and went.  The Lord said go, and Abraham went.  When Abraham packed up everything and left his home, he didn’t even know exactly where he was going or what he was going to be doing.  Abraham just knew that his new home would be in a foreign land known as Canaan.  God instructed Abraham to pack, and He told him that He would later show him where to go. 
Return to Hebrews 11:8.  Abraham obeyed and went, even though He didn’t know where He was going.  When God begins a new work, He doesn’t always give us all the details up front.  Even though we don’t know exactly how the new adventure is going to work out, as believers, we are to trust Him and obediently walk in faith.  When God says go, our first response is to be obedient and leave.  Church family, it is time to Come Together for the Future and populate a Building Team.  We don’t know where the new facilities will be built, or how God is going to provide financially for our needs, but it is time to be obedient and walk in faith.  As we walk, He will faithfully reveal to us all the details.  I love you!