“Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you,'” Genesis 12:1.
God told the patriarch Abraham to leave his native land of Ur and to go to the place where he was being led.
Abraham didn’t know where he was going, but he trusted God in spite of this. How many of us would venture out from our own city or home, and go to a place unknown?
We live in a world where we want to know the next step ahead. We want to be assured that if we leave one job that another one is lined up already.
But God doesn’t usually work this way. He wants to see our faith in the process. He wants to know if we will trust him in spite of not knowing where the road will lead ahead.
We are told in Hebrews that faith is not knowing what lies ahead, but trusting and hoping in Him, in spite of this:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1.
These things of faith apply to all areas of our life and the application of not seeing the road ahead applies to the manifold issues that we all face.
The issues of faith apply to personal prophecies, and waiting upon God for his timing.
The issues of faith apply to waiting for a future mate.
The issues of faith apply to our children, and family members, and wondering when and if they will come to know God.
We are told that without faith it is impossible to please God, for we must first believe that he exists.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, (Hebrews 11:6).
I remember looking back when I lost my job as a teacher and how it felt. I had a family to support and they depended upon me for their provision. I didn’t know what was ahead, and yet I knew that somehow, some way, He would take care of us.
I didn’t see the city ahead; I wasn’t promised anything in terms of the world’s goods and services, but I knew that He knew.
Each of us is traveling from the land of Ur, and yet many of us don’t know what city we are going to.
“For he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them,” Hebrews 11:10-16.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?