The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people, and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you." [Ge 12:1]
Notice that God didn’t map out His entire plan to Abraham when He called him. His instructions were simply to leave and go.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews commends Abraham for his faith in the following words:
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].
Abraham had faith and trust. He obeyed the voice and will of God even though the entire divine plan had not been unfolded before him.
It is no different with us. All that God requires of us is that we take that first step of faith. He will take it from there.
Many have chosen to sit back and do nothing with the time, talents, and treasures that God has given to them because they’re waiting for Him to entirely unfold His purpose, plan, and will for their lives. Others are allowing their gifts to remain dormant because they're being held back by fear. Is this faith?
Think about the talents and gifts that you have been given. Are you presently using them for Christ? When you think of stepping out and doing something for the Lord, do other negative thoughts quickly come in and sabotage your mind until you end up talking yourself out of what, just moments ago, you were thinking about doing for Christ?
Like Abraham, we must be willing to take that first step of faith, even if the entire plan of God hasn’t been mapped out and divinely unfolded before our eyes.
Faith requires courage. Courage is not the absence of fear; it’s doing what you believe that God is calling you to do in spite of the fear.
If we waited until God removed all fear from our lives, we would never step out and do anything for His Kingdom. If we waited until God sent an angel to unfold His complete plan, purpose, and will for our lives, who among us would be utilizing our time, talents, and treasure for the Kingdom of God?
We will never achieve our full potential in Christ if we rely upon our own understanding of things and allow this to hinder us from moving forward in our lives. Perhaps God is calling you to continue in your education, but you refuse to take that first step of faith because He hasn't made clear where the money is going to come from to pay for it. Perhaps you feel led by His Spirit to home school your children, start up a new ministry, move to another city, or even to another country, but because an archangel hasn't appeared at your bedside with a list of specific, step-by-step instructions, you find yourself paralyzed with doubt, fear, and confusion.
My brothers and sisters, if the ancients walked before God in this timid manner, much of the Holy Bible would have remained unwritten, for there would be no history or deeds to be recorded. What if the Blessed Virgin refused the will of God because Gabriel did not supply her with a complete manual listing each step she was to take after conceiving? What about Christ's Apostles? Jesus said to them, "Follow Me." That was it. They took that first step of faith, followed Him, and the world has never been the same ever since.
We, too, must be willing to take that first step of faith and believe that God will lead us on from there. This is what Abraham was commended for, and it is what Christ will commend in us if we, too, possess that same courage to walk before Him in this way.
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