“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”
Two words that people have trouble with in life are faith and obedience. These two words are simple, yet difficult for many people to fully understand. Faith has to do with trust, which is a precious attribute that many people have a hard time with on a daily basis. Many people don’t like to trust others because no one wants to feel betrayed. And, obedience is a hard word to follow after faith. We have a hard time obeying, giving away our control, especially when we can’t see what’s ahead. God called Abraham to obey with faith, not with knowledge. He didn’t know where God was leading him, but he had enough faith to follow. All Abraham knew was that God had an inheritance for him. God promised to lead Abraham to a place that would be far better than where He was.
And He wants to lead us to a place that is far better than we could ever imagine. God is for His people. The journey might be difficult because we can’t see the future, but the God we follow can see every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day, of every year, for all eternity. We can have faith and obey because He is worthy of our trust. My prayer is that we can have faith without borders. That we have the boldness to follow after Jesus no matter the cost. I know that’s a bold prayer to pray, but I believe with all my heart that the power of the Holy Spirit will sustain us on our journey. Abraham wanted to matter to the Kingdom, I want to matter to the Kingdom, and I know you want to matter to the Kingdom. Live by faith through obedience to God Almighty.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- Why do you think it’s so difficult at times to trust God when we can’t see past the next step?
- Is God leading you to take a next step in faith? If so, what? What are your hesitations?
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Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Macon Jones, Student and Young Adult Pastor