A few weeks back I was reading through my D-Group study of Genesis and working through the questions when I had a “this-is-oddly-connected-to-my-current-situation” moment. Currently, we’re relearning the story of Abram (Abraham) and his faith.
Genesis 12:1-3 says, “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
I was pretty casually going through the questions, giving the first response that came to mind when we hit a question that read: “Where did God as Abram to go from/to?” – the answer was simple enough. He commanded Abram to leave his family, his home and everything he knew to wander around until God told him he was in the land that he had promised him.
The follow up question, “If you were Abram, how would you feel about this destination?” was also pretty easy. I wrote something like, “I would have a hard time just blindly following the Lord and wandering around until he told me to stop. I like to know whats going on – I like to have a plan.”
The next question is the one that really got me:
“Has God ever taken you from the familiar to the unknown? How did you feel while you were in the midst of the transition? How did you feel about it in hindsight?”
Thats when it hit me. Hello! Are you not in this place right now? Did you not just leave the job that you know and were comfortable in to chase some new, not altogether certain dream? Are you not having to trust the Lord to lead you in this season even though you have no clear vision of the future?
My gut reaction was that I would fully and completely trust the Lord. Of course I wasn’t worried! I believed I made the right decision – why wouldn’t I trust him? Why would he ever fail me?
Well, that was Friday and now its Monday.
And can I tell you friends? The enemy is crafty. A few nights later I had one of those moments, you know? One of those wide-eyed, what-will-I do-if-all-of-this-fails, better-push-up-my-sleeves-and-solve-this-myself moments.
But that is not fair to the God I serve. He is so much bigger than that.
My mom is always so quick to remind me that God has never failed me before. As she likes to put it, she’s never been more confident of the Lord’s presence and provision in someone’s life than in mine – he has always taken care of me. But its not just me, friends, it’s all of us that are in Christ.
I love Hebrews 11 – it’s like a shoutout to Abraham for blindly trusting the Lord and then a list of how it all worked out when he did. It also serves as a great reminder that we should trust in the Lord because what he has planned is usually much bigger than our part in it.
“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. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
Did you catch that last part? From one man and his obedience God made NATIONS.
So, even though the desert may be scary, let me encourage you to look at it as a pretty cool place to be. We have the best possible guide who will not only get us through the uncertainty but bless us while we’re in it and long after. We can’t possibly imagine all of the ways that God will use us trusting him for his glory.
But isn’t it cool that we get to be a part of his plan and glory?
Keeping all of this in mind, I choose to keep my eyes on the Lord and follow him through this time of uncertainty. He is El HaNe’eman – “the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations” (Deut. 7:9) – and I will trust him.