By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going.
God’s promises to His children, as we have seen demonstrated through Abraham, require faith in response. We don’t have the ability to bring these promises about, so we must trust in the Word of God. However, our faith is not stagnant. As God has blessed us to be a blessing to the nations, the demand on our life is to follow Him in obedience. Abraham’s faith meant that He followed God, even when He couldn’t see where God was leading. Our faith should also lead to obedience.
Before Abraham knew God’s plan or all the ways that He would accomplish it, God called Him simply to leave his homeland. God called him to follow. Abraham wasn’t given a map or a play by play. He was simply told to go, because God was going to bless the world through him. If we found ourselves in Abraham’s shoes, we would likely have endless questions. Where are we going? How are we getting there? What will we encounter along the way? Abraham probably had those questions too, but he followed God nonetheless.
When we look to God to discern where He is leading us, we can get caught up in the details. We like to be able to see down the road a bit. We like to be prepared. However, God’s call on our lives is not meant to increase our dependence on our own abilities, but on His ability to provide what we need, when we need it. If Abraham knew everything that was ahead of him, who knows if he would have ever left Ur. The same is true for us as God calls us through the ever winding roads of our lives. He wants us to follow Him, not a plan.
● When is a time that God called you to something unknown? What was your response? What did that experience teach you about God and yourself?
● Is there anything in your life now that feels unknown or uncertain? How might God be calling you to follow Him in faith in the process?
● Thank God for calling us to follow Him each day. Ask Him for the faith to take a step with Him, even when you can’t see completely down the road.