hebrews 11 verse 8 (gnt) tells us about abraham’s adventure, it was faith that made abraham obey when GOD called him to go out to a country GOD had promised to him. he left his own country without knowing where he was going. notice two words, “faith” and “obey.”
abraham was 75 years old. GOD comes to him and says, “you think you’re ready for retirement. you’re ready for the greatest adventure of your life. i want you to pack up everything you’ve got and we’re going to move to a new country west of here.”
abraham lived over in the iraq area in a town called ur of the chaldees. he packs up everything and heads west. he asks, “how will i know when i get there?” GOD says, “i’ll tell you when.”
would you do that? he didn’t complain, he didn’t argue, he didn’t question. he just went. he obeyed immediately even when he didn’t understand. that’s faith. that’s what gives you an adventure.
what’s the result? abraham became the father of two great nations – the jews and the moslems because isaac and ishmael were his children. GOD blessed the world through him.
GOD honors obedience. because it’s faith. it’s faith when you obey GOD even when you don’t understand it, even when it doesn’t make sense, even when it seems impossible. GOD does it.
there are 1050 commands in the new testament. everyone of those commands, some of them seem impossible, some of them seem unreasonable, some of them seem like “why would he ask me to do that?” some you feel like they can’t be done. but every one of them there is for your benefit. and every time there is a command where GOD says, do this, in the bible, HE is testing your faith to see if you’re going to trust HIM or not. HE does it for your own good.
just a thought from the front porch…