Happy Columbus Day!
WHAT?!?! You’re telling me you didn’t know?
Yes, “…in fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”
OK, put aside all the controversies over whether he was the FIRST explorer to step foot on America’s shores…
I’ve just got to give “old Chris” a round of applause for his courage!!!
To take off for parts unknown, to sail to a “new land,” to not know exactly when or how you were going to get there – or if you’re ever coming back. To my sensibilities, that spells BRAVE!!
I am reminded of another brave soul – one who journeyed into distant, unfamiliar lands…
God called – and he obeyed.
Here’s the account in the Bible:
“The LORD had said to (Abraham), “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation”…So (Abraham) departed as the LORD had instructed…[he] was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.”
What tremendous faith Abraham had in God’s word, in His promises!
He moved out into parts unknown, traveling to a distant land, not knowing exactly when or how he was going to get there – but he was trusting God for guidance, and relying on His faithfulness to accomplish His purposes.
The Bible doesn’t record any dialogue between God and Abraham regarding that initial call to leave. I wonder. Was Abraham immediately willing? Did he struggle with the decision? Did he protest that he was too old to make such a journey? How did he tell Sarah? How did the family react?
But, the important FACT remains.
Abraham had to decide between the security of home and family, and the uncertainty of traveling under God’s direction.
He chose GOD.
And his faith-full decision affected the course of the history of the world. Because through his obedience, God blessed all of humanity with the gift of His Son, our Savior!
Where is God calling us to go? Is it into a “new land” of greater service for Him? Are we willing to go…or not?
I can think of a million excuses why I CAN’T follow where God leads sometimes…
Are your excuses like mine?
“I’m too old.”
“I don’t have the time.”
“I don’t know what to say or do.”
“What if I fail?”
“I’m comfortable doing what I’m doing now.”
“Can’t someone else go?”
What about my favorite?
“Lord, I’m NOT Abraham!!”
Oh Lord, increase my faith!!
We must not let the security of our present position make us miss out on God’s plan for us. We must learn to trust, to be obedient, to be courageous…
…and to be willing to GO!
“And Abram (Abraham) believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.” (Genesis 15:6)
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