When God called Abram to leave Ur for a land that God would show him, Abram went. He went not knowing where he was going, but he trusted God.
When we don’t know what is around the next corner, do we, like Abram, trust God? When we don’t know how a given situation will turn out, do we trust God? Do we have the faith of Abram to go forward not knowing all theanswers?
I think this is really challenging. We like to be in control. We want to know what is next. We like to know what we are facing ahead. But life under the sun doesn’t always provide those answers for us ahead of time. Abram did not know. Often, we don’t know either. It is in those moments that we are moved by faith to follow God where He leads us.
We may begin to think that we are stuck. We may think that our lives can’t or won’t get better. We may be blind to new possibilities. So, we go through life with our heads down. I do not see that in Abram. When God called Abram from his homeland for whatever reason to go to another land, Abram was open to the new possibilities. He had enough faith in God to believe that God would provide greater blessings and possibilities. By faith, Abram believed there was something great to come in his life because God promised. God called and he followed.
That story is repeated through the Bible. People who, because of their faith, went, not knowing what the path would be like. People who hadn't received the promise yet went because they trusted in God.
People of faith built an ark, walked around walls, hid people, subdued kingdoms, stopped mouths of lions, received their dead raised to life again, offered their only son and were stoned. The world then was not worthy of them (Hebrews 11). The world today is not worthy of that kind of person, either.
Will I have the faith of those who set the path for me? Will I have that kind of trust in God? “Faith is taking the first step when you do not see the staircase” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)