By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
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 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 also 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 take matters into our own hands. 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 that 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 in faith for guidance and trust that He will always lead you in paths of righteousness for your ultimate good and His glory.
Prayer: Father, I confess that at times I have allowed fear to cause me to hesitate to obey You. Forgive me for those times and help me to trust that You will not lead me astray. You are worthy of my complete obedience. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8).