“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out…”– Hebrews 11:8
The Word of the Lord came to Abraham, instructing him to leave his own country. To get away from his father’s house and enter into a land that God would reveal to him. How did this make sense for a seventy-five-year-old man? He was wealthy, rich in livestock, and established in his home. Everything was good. You can imagine Abraham looking over his vast spread with a generous pension, thinking he already had his inheritance. Then God steps in and says, “Okay, time to move on!” It is no wonder the writer of Hebrews uses Abraham as a great example of faith!
Abraham was called out of his comfort zone. He was told to pack up and move out without even knowing where to go. He heard that inner voice speaking to him confidently, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21). He knew the Holy Spirit would direct him if he would simply begin to move. After all, how can the rudder of a ship steer us if we have not hoisted our sails? He was obedient and became the father of many nations. The avalanching circumstances worked together to produce a much more significant event. The ushering in of the Messiah!
When challenged to move from a thriving ministry in Indianapolis to a pastorate in Chicago, A.W. Tozer was perplexed. The Holy Spirit placed on his heart Exodus 23:20 where it reads, “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.” He understood the historical meaning but felt the Scripture’s direct impact on his own life. He writes, “God was speaking to me, a spiritual son of Abraham, from His covenant with Abraham. The spiritual laws were in effect, and God was reaching out to me in this. It was applicable to me as an individual, but also to the church in their earthly pilgrimage.” How is God’s Word speaking to you directly today? Are you being obedient?
“True faith does not come through introspection, but through a sincere involvement in what God has said.”– J. Oswald Sanders