Faith is often inconvenient, isn't it?
It transcends what makes sense. It stretches our comfort zones.
Faith makes us look foolish at times. And heroes at other times.
Faith calls us to GO and at the same time BE STILL.
When we heed the call of faith, we are most often pulled out of our old ways and into something new—new places,
To what or where is faith calling YOU?
1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.
Abraham's faith story begins with one word--GO!
Go from your home and your family and everything you have ever known.
Trust that I have something greater in store for you!
Sounds terrible and awesome at the same time. Sounds exciting and scary.
Sounds absurd and audacious.
But he listens anyway.
All of history hinges on this decision—he gets up and goes when God tells him to go.
His faith permits him to let go of the present and live into the promise, and so he becomes a blessing to the whole world.
Abraham then is known as the father of our faith.
He is the recipient of God's promise to bless the entire world.
Most of my prayers are about what I want you to do for me and those I love and care about.
Today I commit to be the kind of person who prays but also listens.
Help me quiet my requests so I can hear you speaking.
Help me stay focused on your word so I can hear what you want.
You know what I want even before I ask you.
So I must pray. But I must also listen.
Imagine if Abraham had said "no."
Imagine if his ears were not attentive to God's calling.
But Abraham was seeking and listening.
And when his faith said GO, he WENT!
Imagine if you listen.
Imagine if we hear God's voice.
Imagine the impact that is possible through us if God's people hear His command and say YES to his GO.
1 I lift up my eyes to you,
to you who sit enthroned in heaven.
2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
till he shows us his mercy.