Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Trusting God in the Unknown

 Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Some material taken from Roll With It by Keith Warren

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; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Genesis 12:1-4

Trusting God in the Unknown

We have learned that Abram, or Abraham as you may know him, was called by God to go. He didn’t know where, or how far, or how long this journey would take. He just knew that he was supposed to take his family and leave everything he knew and was familiar with and go. God called him out from his comfortable life that he knew well, to a location to be disclosed at a later date.

Abram had to have great faith in God to step out from his comfortable life into the uncomfortable unknown. We have learned many great lessons from his life and there are important lessons we can learn from this specific time in his life as well. Yesterday we looked at the lesson number one – Don’t be discouraged. The second lesson we can learn is that God uses the known to lead us into the unknown.

God Uses the Known to Lead us into the Unknown
God uses what we know and what is familiar to us in His purpose for us. It might only be a small part of His purpose for us, because He wants us to strengthen our faith by following Him into the unknown.

God used the known to lead Abram into the unknown -
For Abram, God used familiar roads to lead him out:

We have a picture of Abram setting out immediately, wandering through the wilderness, waiting on God to give him direction.  But the route was well known. From Haran, there were only two routes, one would take him back to Ur, the other to Canaan. The route that Abram took, was the common trade route of the day.  In fact, you can still drive that road today. This in no way diminishes the risk of leaving behind all that he had known, and there were many dangers and unknowns along the way. But in a similar way, God often uses known next steps in our lives to lead us into new and unknown territory. – Keith Warren

Have you ever been in a similar situation? Maybe you haven’t packed up all your belongings and left with no idea where you would end up, but maybe you have felt led to join a Bible study where you don’t know anyone. Or started a new job or moved to a new school. A new, unfamiliar crowd can be a daunting experience. When people we love move out of our lives, or pass away, it can bring on some very lonely feelings too. It is a new path for us as well, even though we are not the ones leaving.

The scariest part about new callings on our lives is the unknown. Even if the known that God uses is a only a small step to lead the way, we have the known fact that we can trust God in the unknown! This one thing we know is the foundation for all the faith we need to propel us forward in God’s calling on our lives. We may not be able to see down the road to know how it will all work out, but we can trust that if He is calling us, He has already worked every detail out. We can rest in this known, even if that is all we have to cling to.  He loves us and wants only our good. He will never lead us out to a dead end, a dry waterhole, a barren land. He may lead us through a barren land, but He has promised a land flowing with milk and honey just across the river. 

If we can put our trust in Him and allow Him to lead us into the unknown, we will experience so many blessings as we see His plan for our lives unfold before our eyes. He will work out every detail and provide what we need at just the right time. If He is calling you, take the step and put your faith in Him.  


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