Be Still Know
READ: Genesis 12:1 NLT
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.”
I wonder what your life looks like at the moment. I would guess that for many of us there are plenty of aspects of our lives that suit us really well. Life isn’t perfect, and we can easily come up with some suggested improvements, but the thought of it all changing completely would come as quite a shock. Well, if that’s true for us, imagine how much greater the challenge would have been for Abram. We would be able to reach for our computers and find out information about the wider world, but not Abram! God was taking him away from the security of his home and leading him on the most incredible adventure into a land of which he knew nothing.
And there’s another interesting detail. Abram is 75. There’s nothing wrong with being 75 but most people would consider that it is hardly the time of life when you are expecting to go on a daring adventure! One would assume that that would be left to much younger people. But that’s not how God works. Living the life of faith is one long adventure and, whatever your age, you need to be ready for change because that’s how God works.
The writer to the Hebrews uses the example of Abram as an illustration of faith. He reflects that Abram went out “not knowing where he was going”. By any normal standard that sounds extremely foolish. Leaving home without having a clue about the destination sounds ridiculous. But Abram was a man of faith and he knew that following God’s will was the wisest possible course of action. Abram was willing to head out into the unknown together with his family and cattle for the simple reason that he trusted God. And the truth is that thousands of years later God works in exactly the same way today. He may ask you to do something which appears completely crazy by human standards, but if he is truly calling you then it will always be the best way.
QUESTION: Are you willing to go on an adventure with God?
PRAYER: Loving Father, thank you that you still call people to live by faith today. Help me to be willing to go on an adventure with you. Amen.
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