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The Pathway of Faith

Oct 13, 2004 01:15 PM EDT

Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. (Genesis 12:1-4 NASB)

Many people miss God's purpose for their life because they are waiting for details about what He has in mind. But nowhere does Scripture say that God is required to spell out His plan. If He does have something for us to do, His only obligation is to show us how and to enable us to accomplish it.

If we do not know the particulars, our walk with the Lord can seem perplexing. Abram (who was later known as Abraham) must have felt that way. When God told him to pack up and head to a place he'd never been before, the would-be patriarch probably wondered, Lord, why can't You just bless me here in Haran? But God had something greater in mind than Abram could envision.

Feelings, sight, and human reasoning can be terrible enemies to our walk of faith. So that we might demonstrate faith and rely upon Him, God sometimes calls us to a place where emotions, physical vision, and logic are of no help. The Lord wants us, as believers in Jesus Christ, to lay down our own ways of figuring things out, and to trust Him instead. That may sound irrational in human terms, but it is completely reasonable in the infinite mind of complete knowledge and wisdom.

Whenever you are tempted to prefer your own logical solution, remember that God is watching from a vantage point of omniscience. (Isaiah 55:8-9) Like Abram, choose to follow the Lord's instructions. (Genesis 12:4) A step of obedience may feel like blind faith, but you can fully trust the One who sees all.

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