Walking And Waiting
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8 (NLT)
When I read this verse, I notice that God told Abraham to “Go,” but God never told Abraham where to go. It’s one thing to walk down the street to your neighbor’s house, but it’s an entirely different thing to fly across the world to another country where you can barely speak the language. There’s also the “by faith” part. Not by knowledge, not by understanding, not by a five-year well thought out plan…but by faith.
I knew the Lord called me to South Africa. He affirmed it and confirmed it through His Word, through godly counsel, and through prayer. I’ve been here for just over a month, and even though I know this is exactly where I am supposed to be… I don’t know exactly what I am supposed to do. In Scripture, the Lord often gives His children just enough discernment and wisdom to take the next step forward. I’ve learned over this past month that my Heavenly Father does not call me to “know.” He calls me to trust, to depend, to submit, and to love. He calls me to look to Him for instruction and direction, and He calls me to follow as He leads. He gives me enough grace for each moment, so that I will continue to seek Him in the next. It’s not easy, but I am sure it was not easy for Abraham, David, Esther, or Moses either. However, if God stood by and gave them strength, then the one thing I can be sure of is that He will do the same thing for me.
Despite my sometimes fickle emotions, I am challenged to trust in the steadfastness of God’s Word.
Here’s the thing, those imperfect men and women of God put their hope in the Lord, not in their own abilities. They had a confident expectation that God would be faithful and that He would fulfill all of His promises. As I wake up each morning, unsure of what the day has in store, I am challenged to completely let go of all my fears, worries and expectations. Despite my sometimes fickle emotions, I am challenged to trust in the steadfastness of God’s Word. If my Father promises to finish what He’s started (Philippians 1:6), and if He promises to make a way in the wilderness where there seems to be no way (Isaiah 43:19)…then what do I have to lose?
When God is the one in control, setting the scene, and leading the way… then He is glorified. My only job as His daughter is to go when I am called to go and to be still when I am asked to wait. I am reminded of the example of King David in Psalm 25:4-5 when he prayed, “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You.”
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