Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Initial step of faith..

Last Sunday, at Fellowship church, in Nashville, the pastor talked about what means to have Abrahamic faith. Most Christians understand that Abraham was known for his faith to God.

A little background information in case you don't know, which is completely fine that is why I am here. This is from Genesis 12:1-4
God told Abraham to "leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you." Basically God told Abraham to leave everything behind, everything Abraham ever knew, and go. Abraham didn't know where he was going or what he was going to do. God told Abraham, " I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you." What did Abraham do? He went, "So Abraham departed as the Lord had instructed."

Abraham didn't know what he was getting into. All he knew was that God called him to do something and he obeyed. Hebrews 11:8 says, "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."

What does that have to do with today you might be wondering? ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING! This summer God has been teaching me a little about what it means to live obediently to Him and trust Him with everything. It wasn't until I had to take my GRE for grad school that it really all made sense.

God isn't going to call you into something that He doesn't already have figured out. He knows exactly what is going to happen. There are times we have to be like Abraham and just live by faith. We don't know where God is going to call us, but He tells us to go. I know God has called me to be a physical therapist. When I took my GRE yesterday it didn't seem like I was going to get into grad school. There will be trials during these callings that God gives us. Theses trials are there to help us learn to live by faith. James 1:2-4 tells us that "when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete nothing." A few verses later in verse 12 it says: "God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

Abraham took that initial step of faith to realize that God really is in control. If God calls us to something, if He promises something, He is going to keep that promise. That is part of who God is. Right now, all I can do is to live in trust and live by faith to know that God will keep up His end of the deal. I have to do my work, but in the end God will come through. He always does.

So as you go through your day today, think about how you are living in faith and obedience to God. Are you willing to take that initial step into God's journey for you? Is God calling you to go and live by His trust?