Many times when we hear the word journey, we imagine time spent along broad vistas with restful pastures. The word even sounds poetic. But in reality, the journey of faith that God requires us to take through this life can lead up steep, emotional mountain grades; out across vast, lonely plains; and, without warning, down into dark valleys, where we face some of our greatest challenges.
Through it all, however, we can have a tremendous sense of hope and determination because our faith is founded in an unshakable God who is not frustrated by the rise and fall of the world’s economy. Nor is He alarmed by daily news reports or changed in any way by the shifting of governmental powers. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is faithful and true, and we can be sure of this: God is just as concerned about your needs as He is about the nations of this world. No request is too small for Him and no problem is too great for Him to solve.
When we are tempted to feel hopeless, He comes to us as our strong and mighty advocate, proclaiming His care and plan for our lives (see 1 John 2:1).
Will You Trust Him with Your Life?
Abraham could have remained in Haran the rest of his life, but he knew that there was something far greater that God had for him. A gnawing sensation deep within his heart pulled him on to something else—something greater than he had ever known. This is when God spoke to Abraham, “Leave your
country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. 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. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1-3).
Within the context of these words, Abraham’s life changed. It went from a life on a journey to nowhere, to a life on a journey of faith with an eternal destination.
Travel the road of life through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the One who brings light to our darkness, hope strong enough to shatter our greatest fears, and peace deep enough to calm our anxious hearts.
Obedience Without Hesitation
Abraham did not hesitate to obey the Lord. He packed up everything and headed for the land of Canaan, no questions asked. God had spoken, and Abraham obeyed. Are we willing to do the same and step out obediently without hesitation?
There also will be times when the Lord instructs us to wait, and we must be willing to do just that—be still and wait for Him. Waiting is a form of faithful obedience.
Abraham was not perfect. He panicked and took matters into his own hands as he took his family to Egypt. What made sense from a human viewpoint was folly from God’s viewpoint.
When we feel threatened, many of us do the same thing—we become fearful and run for cover. However, in times of crisis, we must remain steadily focused on Christ—watching and listening for His leading.
Fear always challenges faith. When we divert from God’s plan out of fear, we end up in a foreign land, fighting a foreign enemy with our own resources. Like Abraham, we will make mistakes. We will take a wrong turn and end up in a place other than the one God has for us. However, the journey of faith begins at the Cross where Jesus died for our sins and where we can find eternal forgiveness for our souls. When we stray, the Cross reminds us that we can always turn to the Lord, asking Him to forgive us and to lead us on from that point.
No matter where you are on your journey of faith, look to the Lord for guidance and trust that He will always lead you in paths of righteousness for your ultimate good and His glory.