When God told Abraham to “leave” and “go”, Abraham was 75 years old. Stepping out from the known into the unknown required both faith and obedience.
It’s never easy leaving what is familiar and taking a bold step to start all over again. I know that feeling quite well. Many uncertainties cause questions to surface. How will I manage? Am I really cut out for this? The list is endless.
Anyway, this narrative could make any person shrink in fear, but God called Abraham to believe in him and his infallible Word. It was the demonstration of faith that led to an outpouring of God’s blessings not only on Abraham but to the nation of Israel and the world. His faith in God was counted as righteousness (Genesis 15:6).
We cannot please God without having faith in him (Hebrews 11:6a). We can never become all that God has created us to be if we choose to embrace fear over faith. Fear only arouses doubt and leads to stagnation. Fear limits, but faith sees possibilities.
Where are your horizons? Is God calling you to serve him in a particular area? What is limiting your obedience to God’s call? God is seeking men and women that he can use to further his Kingdom. As Abraham demonstrated, blessings will result as you step out and be an instrument that God can use for his glory.
Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I have walked in doubt and allowed fear to cripple my faith. I know that there is a specific task that you would want me to accomplish. Help me walk in total obedience. Today, I step out in faith. I relinquish all authority and allow you to have your way. Help me, through your Holy Spirit, to trust that, as I exercise my faith in you, that it will yield good fruits to your glory. Amen.
Go Deeper — Think back on a time fear stopped you from going forward. Do you think you had a lack of faith? If so, was it in God or yourself?
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